Monday, September 16, 2013

How come a "little" country like Israel can be a giant in a region?


The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. Israeli date trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder .  

Israel the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following: The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.  

The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
 Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.

 The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

 Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.

 The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1966 by four young Israelis. 

Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U.S, Russia and China ). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel 's air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16's. This is the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the U. S.

Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.

Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

 According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look (finally) to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
 Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

 Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people -- as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

 In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. ! (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U.S.A.

Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U.S.

Outside the United States and Canada , Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.

Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East . The per capita income in Israel in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK .

On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.

Twenty-four per cent of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world ,after the United States and Holland and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East .

In 984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews (Operation Solomon and Moses) at Risk in Ethiopia , to safety in Israel.

When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected female leader in modern times. 

When the U. S. Embassy in Nairobi , Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day -- and saved three victims from the rubble.

Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world. 

Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity. (Hundreds of thousands from the former Soviet Union )

Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."
Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.

Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because, this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert!

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country
 Medicine... Israel scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer. 

An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

Israel’s Given Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside,  cancer and digestive disorders .

Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the camera helps doctors diagnose heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well.

A new acne treatment developed in Israel. the Clear Light device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct -- all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California 's Mojave desert .

All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on earth.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What really died at Auschwitz ?

What really died at Auschwitz ? Here's an interesting viewpoint:
The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15 2011. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.

"I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. 

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.
These are the people we burned. 

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride. 

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. 

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs. 

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe .

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it. 

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.' Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets. 

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world. 

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States ? If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran , Iraq or some other Muslim country. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

We have been hijacked by TV commercials!  Do you feel that these days a half hour show is now only 14 minutes of content and 16 minutes of adverts?

The adverts have become so invasive it makes one believe that corporate greed is alive and well and living in TV-land.  Which brings me to wonder whether directors and producers of shows are told to have only the 14 minute content and make sure that the plot fits in to the time allotted.

Which brings me also to my next pet peeve.  Medical advertising!  It makes no sense to me to advertise a drug that can only be obtained with a prescription by a doctor.  Nobody goes to the pharmacy and asks "Give me 30 Lipitor.  I think I'll try those today".

Nobody goes to their doctor and says "Give me some of those blah-blah pills that are advertised".  Never mind that most the pills today can kill you!

I think that flighting ads for Cialis and Viagra during prime time TV or sports programs is so inappropriate.  I don't want to have to tell my kids about the advantages of taking those pills.  The amount of sexual content in shows does nothing to the quality of the show.  An example of the worst show is Two and a Half Men.  Again, the time slot is totally inappropriate.  It should be a midnight show like the German porn shows!  Two Broke Girls started off so great, but has dipped into crude and stupid now.  My opinion!!

Hey, I love TV.  I have no problem with sexual content.  But when it knocks you over the head when kids are watching......  it's a problem for me.  How about you?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Finally, here is an exhibition of the marvellous puppets made by my mother, Sylvia Natas.
The book is available to buy, and $5 for every book and $1 for every e-book will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  However, you can view it freely at

Feel free to look at the entire  book and I hope that you will be as entranced by them as I continue to be every day that I look at them.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mulberry Silk Duvets donate a blanket to Starfish for every duvet sold

The Mulberry Silk Co donates one blanket to The Starfish Greathearts Foundation in at one of their community projects in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Starfish is currently making a significant impact in many communities across all of South Africa’s provinces who support thousands of children. The communities provide various services to the children such as home visits,counselling, access to education and social grants.

Mulberry Silk Co. is proud to support this organization.  For every positive comment on The Mulberry Silk Co link on their webpage, they will donate a blanket to Starfish.  That's an easy way to get a blanket donated!!  Go to The Mulberry Silk Co and click on their Facebook page logo on the bottom right of the screen, and they will donate a blanket in your name.

To purchase duvets, please see our website Baobab

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's going to be hot today

It's going to be a hot one today.  The temperature is expected to be one hundred degrees.  Last night's thunderstorm washed the streets clean and the blue cornflowers are sparkling in the light breeze. The Queen Anne Lace are waving their slender heads, ever so elegant.  The stubby yellow dandelions are pushing through the ground, eager to discharge their fluffy heads.

What am I thinking?  Dandelions, pollen, ALLERGIES!  Sneezing and snorting and loads of antihistamine....

The only thing that makes me grateful is my Mulberry Silk Duvet.   It is hypoallergenic, so that I sleep like a baby at night and it keeps me cool and comfortable and allergy free.

It is also  Bug repellent - Dust mites and Bugs are deprived of the moist environment they require for their survival.  And most importantly, at my age, Silk has been shown to possess 18 types of naturally occurring compounds that are believed to promote positive health care functions:
- soothes the nerves
- nourishes the skin
- rejuvenates the skin

I have also found a great source for 1500 thread Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen.  You can have luxury and hard wearing linen in one at a great reasonable price . It's like slipping into a spa, it makes you feel so good.

I love night time!!