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13 February 2018


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Actual business is an endless dispute about the terms, payment (normally by slices)and execution of contracts. Do you have any experience of this? pl

Babak Makkinejad

They suffer from the same problem that afflicts the world of Islam, the only resolution of which had been the Platonic Republic in Iran. Really, they ought to study the thoughts of Ayatollah Khomeini as well as the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and adopt it to Orthodox Judaism. They do not have to start from zero, there is Maimonides but they need to go further and study Iran's constitutional structure. The Rabbinate is just not going to do it.



I read that article the last time out. "...in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, "

Subcontractors. Did they do the work - correctly and on time? How was their quality? Any warranty related charge backs per the contract? Lots of details left out of that article. Too bad for that cabinet company that in 44 years never had someone stiff them on a bill. GM, along with plenty of other big companies, didn't pay a ton of thier bills either and that was long before they went got bailout protection.

Babak Makkinejad

Those are feather dusters for guiding the traffic of the pilgrims. Among the pilgrims could be an occasional Armenian or Zoroastrian who is relying on the intercession of "Agha" to resolve a complication in their lives (from personal testimony).



"Actual business is an endless dispute about the terms, payment (normally by slices)and execution of contracts. Do you have any experience of this? pl"

No sir. I don't have any experience in owning or operating business.

I'm quoting the article:

"Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them."

More than 3,500 lawsuits" and "large number involve ordinary Amaricans". And at least 4 bankrupcies. Judging the man on his public record, I'm glad I've never have the pleasure to meet DJT.


Anna. All the best. Yes, and the Old Testament celebrated bloodshed by the ocean full. Guess what. I watched a Russian TV series - “The Method” about a genius somewhat warped detective starring the same actor as in the eight part Trotsky TV series of last Nov & Dec. Same guy in Admiral and Day Watch. And those shows depicted graphic violence. And they were made in Russia. And I mostly enjoyed those shows, tho haven’t seen the !ev Davidovitch yet. But my Moscow friend tells me his wife couldnt watch parts because it was so bloody. Yet I look forward to it. Hopefully. So, I am obviously a no good Jew who dreams of slaughtering evil Rooskies by the millions, right? Yep. You nailed it. And those evil Stalinist black hundred Rooskies are depicting graphic violence?? Ha ha!! I knew it! Well, no wonder I want to see that TV series, right? The better to study up on how to better, but but only, Только, Самый лучший и блестящие Ничего другого. Или если? Я не знаю. Доброй ноч


I pull a blank on Maimonides, just to start with. And I had no idea that the Republic in Iran was the 'Platonic' Republic. Actually I am not good, even on my own form of government, though after years of having been involved in some capital murder cases I have gotten to be very interested in how our common law works. And if you get the court transcript, of course, the lawyers, however much they are in disagreement, will lay it out for you.

By 1976, I had gotten to know an Israeli who had emigrated from Israel. He was still quite patriotic but often full of doubts. He got me reading some of the books on Israel of that era. Amos Oz. Amos Elon? I don't think now that they hold up well.

Then I dug a little deeper in the Thomas Cooper library and came to the suspicion that Israelis had the mens rea. How could they possibly put in place a constitution will a Bill of Rights in it that would bring the grandsons of people their government had ethnically cleansed into the armed forces?

In other words, there's no solution and there is no way out. What Israel is is something the United States, if very fortunate, will have to carry with it into the real climate change. I mean abrupt climate change. This will come when mentle methane starts exploding up through earthquake fissures created by isostatic rebound that is even now occurring along the fault lines north of Svalbard, and in other locations beneath the arctic ocean. Then there is the methane soon to be in the atmosphere from the East Siberian Arctic Ice Shelf.

This has been my thinking for ten years.

It is the question of the ABRUPTNESS of it that is the question.

But are we not talking about Israel and Islam? Yes, of course. I think a one degree temperature rise, I assume Fahrenheit, will change everything in many places, such as central America, where I have read that certain insects (perhaps) like fruit flies with short life cycles that they can be studied, have already begun to alter their DNA for such a temperature change. True? Whether or not that is true, that temperature rise is on the way. And a one degree temperature rise means that a significant part of the Andes region food supply such as certain types of very important beans will be finished. And that will mean the move north.

But what about Israel? I think the eastern Mediterranean will be one of the places that is hard hit by drought and by heat. I've seen the mud of the Sahara on the windshields of vehicles in the marketplace of Heraklion at five in the morning after a rain. The Sahara sends a red rain over the Spanish Costa Blanca. There will be famine and an increase in diseases we associate with Africa. There will be a desperate and ongoing mass migration out of Africa. And I think there will migration out of Israel. And it will grow, because the United States is going to become an armed very unfriendly bastion, a very different place from anything that we can imagine now, and if privileged Israelis don't get out while they can, exit might be far more difficult later.

I don't think that there is going to be the same concern about Israel v Islam in the near future that there is now. There is going to be a strong northing instinct and a great deal that used to matter once upon a time is not going to matter at all.

Yeah, Right

A minor nit, perhaps, but the office that determines if Bibi should be indicted is that of the Attorney General, which is a post currently held by Avichai Mandelblit.

Ayelet Shaked is the Justice Minister, which is a different post altogether.

Still, nothing in Mandelblit's career would suggest that he has the moral fortitude to take on someone like Netanyahu....


You are correct in saying I have never run a business, as a nurse I received a salary. I am referring to Trumps reputation of lawsuits, bankruptcies and failure to pay contractors. Not all businessmen are unethical.

Balint Somkuti, PhD


the british monarchy is a well functioning democracy even without any form of "constitution". It is not a piece of paper what makes a living and thriving democratical state. And while I am not for the izzies (or against for that matter) I'd rather be an arab in Israel than a redneck, or someone living in the rustbelt in the US.

Israel threatens a number of things, especially in the Middle-East, but not the US Constitution. If you would want me to name a direct threat to your democracy tan it is the monopoly of Microsoft, Google, and Facebook seperate or combined. Now THAT is a CLEAR and PRESENT danger.



"lawsuits, bankruptcies and failure to pay contractors." these are normal hazards of doing business. Disputes over the quality and timing of work and bankruptcy as a tactic are not at all unusual. This has nothing to do with being unethical. You don't know what you are talking about. If there is someone here who ran a stationary store in Iowa without that kind of hazard, I can only say, so what! pl


Yeah, right

what is the difference between the two functions in cases other than in indictments. pl



Free advice. Stay out of the business world. Stay in academia, the clergy or government. you are not shark material. pl

Babak Makkinejad

Microsoft, which has brought computing to the masses all over this planet, is a threat to US? That is laughable.
In regards to UK, only the English can operate that constituional system - it is rooted in the soil of England.


Thank you. That's interesting.

Babak Makkinejad

I do not share your concerns about Global Warming.

I think termites produce as much - if not more - green house gases than the entire human population. But the Eco NAZIs do not advocate the extermination of termite populations; rather, they prefer to see the demise of the internal combustion engine, nuclear energy, and the lowering of standard of living to a pre-industrial area - when a short fever would be all that stood between life and death.

There is only so much methane or CO_2 that could be dissolved in the atmosphere - there is only so much salt that you can dissolve in a glass of water.

The rise in the average surface temperature will evaporate more water and cause the planet to become more moist and greener. Already, the wine-making season in British Columbia has become longer. NASA satellites indicate that Sahara is getting more green.

What afflicts Africa or the Near East is man-made not climate-made.

Sid Finster


From the S. Finster humor archive.

Sid Finster

Real estate developers are notoriously for litigation with their lenders, contractors, partners, etc..

Keep in mind that a development loan agreement is extremely detailed, many hundreds of pages of detail, but all of it can be subject to change, and it frequently is. These changes are invariably at the cost of the lender. The lender may get a higher interest rate, a bigger chunk of the equity tranche, etc., but that's only in exchange for forbearance if the project is going south. It never happens that a project is going well, so the lender gets more money for being so great to work with.

As a result, I've seen the situation many times where a developer threatens suit against a lender to a project that goes sour, the lender has a loan default and an ironclad guarantee from the project company's principal, the principal alleges fraud on some laughable basis but keeps a straight face while doing so (even though he neither read nor understood the loan documents), the contractors are suing and/or getting sued, liens are being filed, the developer and lender are making lurid public accusations at each other, the lawyers have started proceedings.

And then the developer and lender sit down, eat a very fancy dinner and decide to do three more deals together, that is, deals with the same people they accused of being pirates and criminals, except bigger deals this time.

Babak Makkinejad

You were not there, evidently, when the weather is hot and women are obliged, at the penalty of arrest and personal humiliation, to walk around in their tents while men are wearing short-sleeve shirts.

And then why force Christians to don the attire of ultra-conservative traditional Muslim women of Iran? The Quranic injunction that is invoked exhorts the Believer Women and not un-clean infidels such as Christians.

And the, who the hell are these men who are to be the judge of female attire, have they received their credentials from the Prophet?

Years ago this Major in US Air force explained to me how things worked in US Air force in case one thought that the particular female did not conform to the US Air force dress code:

One would go and find a female officer of equal rank, ask her what she thought of so-and-so 's conformance to rules, and if she agreed, she would go and speak to that specific person.

In 1920s, in rural Castile, the attire of women was not very different than what you saw in Iran - but the full force of the state was not behind its enforcement - the Civil Guard was not out there to harass women and then drag them into the police station etc.

Yeah, Right

Well, from what I understand the job of Justice Minister is far more wide-ranging. Basically, making sure that the courts run effectively, that the drafting of legislation is done efficiently, etc.

The role of Attorney General is much narrower. Mainly, it exists to put a thin veneer of respectability over government graft and corruption or, more charitably, to warn the government when it contemplates stepping over the line into the blatantly illegal.

Or, put another way:
Bibi is a pig, and Mandelblit is holding the lipstick.
Shaked is.... well.... description fails me, because the analogy would end with "and the judicial system is her whorehouse".


Anna at 41,

The question why many Jewish people are so 'viciously Russophobe' is quite interesting; one can postulate the psychological source (the love/hate relationship – similar as with the German people or Polish people – the unrequitted love turns into hate?) or one can look for more down-to-earth reasons – literally, to earth – meaning the loss of a possibility to establish a Jewish autonomous region in the European part of Russia, or in former Soviet Union. There is more about this in the book by Pavel Sudoplatov (1994) Special Tasks – The Memoirs of an unwanted Witness – a Soviet Spymaster. He describes in the chapter The Jews: California in the Crimea – how in 1944 quote begins… Stalin’s strategic motivation was using the Jewish issue as a bargaining chip to bring international Jewish capital to rebuild the war-torn Soviet Union…Stalin planned to use Jewish aspirations for homeland to attract Western credits. End quote.
The desire to have a different homeland would be desirable as nice plan B so to speak – if the fledgling empire in the ME should not last forever – and here, there is the fierce resistance of Russia to give up Crimea.


Honest, I have never seen anything like that. And if I had I would have bought a couple. You're right that I don't have much interest in dusting. Every so often I clear a few cobwebs etc. 'Duster'? I have always thought that that English word 'dustbin' is a little bit imprecise given the kind of waste product that my cats and I send out of here, as for example the horse bed pellets from their litter boxes. It is actually quite heavy and moist.

I don't want to sound precious but if you play around with what these green items might symbolize apropos of the Human Condition there are fuzzy caterpillar larvae such as found in Saturniidae which go through the change from horned devil to Royal Moth (Citheronia regalis). My friend, the Cossack, once informed me that she was going to make sure some larvae got through the winter so she could see exactly what the Royal moth looked like. It took a lot of patience and a little care over months. A few survived and they were very beautiful, very large and of spectacular design; and then off she sent them. I thought that the horned devil stage was even more interesting--they are really quite startling and strange--and they are said to be the origin of the Chinese dragon. Probably many types of dragons. I was looking at videos on YouTube of the Moros y Cristianos festivals at Alcoy, which happens about now, up in the mountains above where I lived on the coast. One of the crews, a group of girls, came down the street as Dragons, and it surprised me to see that their head gear was remarkably like the hickory horned devil of the Royal moth larvae.

Today I looked on Amazon and what was offered under turkey feather dusters did not in the least bit resemble what might or might not be considered the struggle against evil, the transitions that must be gone through, the culmination in rebirth, the eternal life that comes like spring after winter. Well, barring the clathrate gun signal of the Apocalypse, I guess. Of course, you don't seem to see it like that. How do you know what that little tap really was about?

Anyway, I checked and discovered that Microfiber Flexible Static Duster is for sale at a working class place called Home Depot, over the mountain at a tacky little town called Waynesboro. It's similar. That same wonderful green. Then I compared it to the Mashad symbols and it is quite interesting, at least to me, that they are simply not the same. No, not at all.I shall go back to reading Oblomov.

Balint Somkuti, PhD

In Hungary an alleged fraud by an ex MS sales dirctor niw in govt position nearly brought local public adminstration to a screeching halt as MS threatened to revoke ALL govt licenses.

Whaddaya think?

Babak Makkinejad

Develop your own products.

Balint Somkuti, PhD

Are you tellimg me that the iranian govt uses its own operating system?

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