WHAT MAKES HOLLYWOOD AGENTS TICK? EZEKIEL EMANUEL DISHES ON RAHM, ARI EMANUEL’S UPBRINGING & HUMOR IN NEW MEMOIR 2013
“Ari really could not help but be annoying,” Ezekiel writes. To provoke their father, he would scan the menu at every restaurant to identify the most expensive things and order them all, a habit Ezekiel attributes to his dyslexia. “He had trouble reading menus, and he found it easier just to look for the higher prices, which he anticipated were associated with the better dishes… As Ari grew older [he] learned the ﬁne art of persistent and intentional irritation.”
–what makes persistent agents tick?
words: Ezekiel Emanuel (more…)
The elections happened in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to form “as broad a government as possible” after his alliance won a narrow election victory.
His right-wing Likud-Beitenu bloc will have 31 seats in parliament – a sharp drop from 42, exit polls suggest. The centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party came second with a predicted 18-19 seats, with Labour next on 17.
Analysts now predict weeks of political horse-trading to form a new cabinet. BBC news has video. Toronto Star went with: Benjamin Netanyahu loses ground in Israel election.
Yair Lapid, below left, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, was the surprise star of Israel’s election on Tuesday. Exit polls showed his centrist party in a strong second place. Yair is a politician, actor, journalist, author, former TV presenter and news anchor. He is son of politician Yosef “Tommy” Lapid and author Shulamit Lapid. He is married to journalist Lihi Lapid and lives in Ramat Aviv Gimmel. His name means “to enlighten.”
Photo: Reuters. Top photo: Ariel Schalit AP.
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endurance. it is no accident that so many women are intelligent. women bring a special capability. good endurance. women easily multi-task between discipline. patient vigilance, can withstand blazing heat, pro-activeness and long-term focus, attributes that are often less developed among 18- or 19-year-old males.
–Chicago fantasizes as to why young Israeli girls can be kinda hot.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.1.13~
An Israeli holds his arms up as he sings prayers after praying at the Western Wall (behind), Judaism’s holiest site, during a snow storm in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 15 centimeters of wet snow on the city. (Credit: EPA). An incredible and a rare site in the Holy Land. EPA.
The biggest snowstorm in a decade covered Jerusalem with a blanket of white Thursday, paralyzing the city, but thrilling residents.–CBS.
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Bethlehem returns to peace, after last year’s rush of visitors 2012. Greek Orthodox clergymen clean their famous church.
Photo: Nasser Shiyouk
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“there are no words we know in English, to describe how beautiful it is in New Zealand… we want to find a way so that we can one day live each day in it.
–the Israeli couple who married six months ago are overwhelmed by Aotearoa’s beauty. They are so sweet.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.1.13~
Around the World…
Online audience: Today… nations are honing in and are reading from these audience territories:
U.S, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, India, (more…)
Chutzpah in the air: An apache pilot of Hatzerim school of flight, shows off in Beersheba, Israel.
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“A series of disturbances and disruptions, strung together in a life beneath a name.”
–This Telling Life. from Act II of the play by Xi Shapiro.
(Shapiro-West talent management theater)
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MOVIE TICKETS & YOUNG HOLLYWOOD’S RISE AT BOX OFFICE – NATALIE PORTMAN & KRISTEN STEWART NAMED HOLLYWOOD’S MOST BANKABLE STARS
Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman has been named Forbes‘ most bankable box office movie star. Herschlag (Portman’s born name) returns $42.70 for every dollar a studio spends on her.
Joshua Stecker writes: Kristen Stewart came in a close second on the strength of the Twilight franchise and Snow White and the Huntsman, returning an average of $40.60 for every dollar she earned. She is followed by Shia LaBeouf ($35.80) and Stewart’s Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson ($31.70). Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe ($30.50), rounds out the top five.
A big surprise on the list is Kevin James, who comes in at No. 10 with a $22.40 average return. (more…)
Sulforaphane is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables in strong doses. Sulphoraphane reduces leukemia “that can be common in children,” said Dr. Daniel Lacorazza, a professor of medicine. Alternative treatments for 20% of children with leukemia are most helpful.
Purified sulforaphane contained in broccoli lowers the risk of cancer.
Due to this fact, the pharmaceuticals industry is in a race to take the DNA of brocolli and cruciferous vegetables and create the strongest remedies possible to fight cancer. (more…)
Jews don’t celebrate Christmas. In fact if you live in the USA at Christmas time, the Jewish community can even get really aggressive when it comes to supporting non-Jewish people having a fun Christmas celebration.
American Jews take holidays as the US does and also Jewish holidays too. Believe me, Jews in the USA do worship freely too. Good on them! :)
At the same time, most non-Jewish people don’t know much about Hannukah, one of the many Jewish holiday celebrations.
The New York Times Hilary Leila Krieger is the Washington bureau chief for The Jerusalem Post. Hilary zooms the USA in on The True Meaning of Hannukah. Here’s what she wrote:
Guest Commentary: When my brother was in kindergarten, where he was the only Jewish student, a parent organizing enrichment activities asked my mother to tell the class the story of Hanukkah. My mother obligingly brought in a picture book and began to read about foreign conquerors who were not letting Jews in ancient Israel worship freely, even defiling their temple, until a scrappy group led by the Maccabee family overthrew one of the most powerful armies in the world and won their liberty.
The woman was horrified.
The Hanukkah story, she interrupted, was not about war. It was about the miracle of an oil lamp that burned for eight days without replenishing. She urged my mother to close the book. My mother refused. (more…)
One man revisits South Africa after he left years earlier. He’s accompanied by his teenage son, Aaron who turns out to be his harshest critic.
In the Apartheid era, the man had benefited as a White, contributed negligibly to the struggle against racism and then left for Israel the day after his medical graduation in 1964.
A sense of guilt and shame accompanied him throughout his later move to Australia. Growing up in Apartheid South Africa an entire generation did nothing to oppose apartheid.
So how does a man who had even lost fourteen relatives in the Holocaust become complicit with a racist system?
Flummoxed by the generosity of the black South Africans who say they have forgiven the Apartheid regime, the man is himself unable to forgive the Afrikaners, who he always regarded as the enemy, akin to Nazis. In an unexpected encounter, he comes face to face with his own prejudice. The film explores how easy it is to accept injustice and be blindsided by the perks. Though it’s easy for any good person to become a bystander, it’s not so easy to live with the consequences.
The Washington Post reports: UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.
The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body — a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions.
Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.
What Israel said: “Defamatory and venomous,” saying it was “full of mendacious propaganda” against Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu called the vote meaningless.
What USA said: “Unfortunate” and “counterproductive.”–Hillary Rodham Clinton.
What New Zealand said: Earlier today Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the primary reason for voting in favour of the resolution is it reflects the long-standing policy of the New Zealand Government.
“New Zealand is a long-standing supporter of the two state solution. We believe that Israel and a Palestinian state should exist side by side, each respecting the other’s right to peace. And we believe that they should arrive at that conclusion through direct talks. (more…)
Latin heartthrob of Miami, USA - William Levy Gutierrez – is of Israeli-Cuban origins and he has a Catholic belief system of faith.
The telenovela star danced his way into a prime time reality TV series of the US, to land on People Magazine’s cover and become a household American name.
The humble actor is the 24th Most voted star of 2012.
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A shame as Nat speaks so many different languages…
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"Israel must exercise maximum restraint"
–Ban Ki-moon on Mid-East Peace meekness–BBC News.
Updated: Gaza truce deal agreed.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.11.12~
Barack Obama while in Thailand and Myanmar said Israel had the right to defend itself against Hamas’ missile attacks from Gaza. But he urged Israel not to launch a ground assault in Gaza, saying it would put Israeli soldiers, as well as Palestinian citizens, at greater risk and hamper an already vexing peace process.
“If we see a further escalation of the situation in Gaza, the likelihood of us getting back on any kind of peace track that leads to a two-state solution is going to be pushed off way into the future,” Obama said.
The renewed instability in the Mideast is likely to trail Obama as he makes his way from Thailand to Myanmar and then Cambodia, his final stop before returning to Washington early Wednesday.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.11.12~
Canada’s Peter Mackay really hopes if he disses Russia, using Syria – while praising Israel and completely overlooking Palestine… that he’ll get a massive pay rise.
What he said: “A country has the right to defend itself. A country has the right to exist, and part of that existence means protecting your population, which is what Israel is trying to do,” he said. Israel is 1000 times more economically stronger than Palestine. (more…)
Israel has an $80 billion generating economy a year. People of Palestine do not. Many jews in the USA and around the world make large gains from stock market and funds investments. Many Palestinians do not.
So, to make a difference for the people in Palestine, click on pic above to go there for Palestinian children and their families. (more…)
You can never go wrong with a good garlic hummus. When I first got to California, Lebanese friends taught me how to make hummus. I made it every week for the next six months.
Here’s a recipe:
Prep Time: 10 minutes. Total Time: 10 minutes.
- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans (15 oz.)
- 2 tablespoons roasted garlic
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
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As tensions are evident with Israel & Palestine, is it an appropriate time for the Orthodox kids of the USA to try mufti attire?
Needless to say, Pray for Palestine and Israel.
[Photo - Chabad-Russia, West Hollywood, Ca. USA. Photo: my own].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.11.12~
The OECD Building, Canada–Reuters.
Canada looks to realign its future place in the world’s future. How is that looking? Let’s zoom in then.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that is situated in France, likes to think that Canada is the leader in the Group of Seven industrialized economies set to grow in the next fifty years time frame.
The organization sees only Japan sneaking ahead of Canada’s economic growth trajectory. The USA and the UK are not too far behind Canada and Japan in France’s opinion.
Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Norway though not in the G7 Club are also expected to do well economically.
The Canada figures are based on the growth of a labor market’s combined outputs in time. Japan and Germany are contracting in population trends and is why they do well on the per capita measure.
Canada’s population is young in a nation where 60% of people are listed as obese. With the youth of Canada being well-educated and surrounded by natural resources too, Canada is well positioned to track at higher growth than other countries. Of course, that is based on the premise that the resources will be shipped abroad.
The same French report rightly notes that the balance of global economic power will dramatically shift as China overtakes the U.S. as the world’s biggest economy as early as 2016. China will overtake the eurozone in 12 months or more.
The same group of economists forecast that India’s GDP will surpass that of Japan within 24 months. India they see as overtaking the euro area in about 20 years. It is possible that the U.S will also be overtaken by India’s growth in the long run.