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Why the Next Israel-Hezbollah War Won’t Be an Accident

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is worried that an all-out war between Hezbollah and Israel may soon engulf the Middle East, even though neither party wants to fight. “Sometimes a spark is enough to unleash this kind of conflict,” Guterres warned on Sunday. But how, exactly? Ben Hubbard, Isabel Kershner and Anne Barnard of The New York Times were quick to echo and explain. “[T]he more entrenched Iran’s allies become, the greater the pressure Israeli leaders could face to launch a strike—and the greater the chances that a miscalculation or mistake by either side could provoke new hostilities,” they reasoned.

The U.N. chief and the Times reporters could find ample support in their notions of Middle Eastern causality in the most recent report of the International Crisis Group (ICG), which warned that a regional war that “no one wants” could be only “a miscalculation away.” The idea that a war between Hezbollah and Israel would be an accident—the result of a “mistake” or “miscalculation” rather than a considered choice—is made repeatedly throughout ICG’s latest report, and arguably stands as the organization’s core claim from which all its analyses and recommendations flow. As Joost Hiltermann, program director for the Middle East and North Africa at ICG, explained further in his own comments on the report, “The real [emphasis added] risk here is that of a miscommunication or accident being a trigger of a conflict across their border.”

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Today on Jewcy: “This is better than a Bar Mitzvah,” said Patinkin.

We live in a world where Donald Trump, Jeff Dunham, and Bill Maher all got stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before Mandel Bruce Patinkin. Such an injustice can never be undone, but at least Mandy now has his own star, in front of 6243 Hollywood Blvd.

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Sitting Shiva at the Home Depot

When my father died, there were eight people gathered around his bed. There was also a hospice worker who counted down the last minutes of his life, commenting, with some appreciation, that despite the ALS, my father’s body was very strong. (I can’t recall her face or name.) When he died he was wearing a silky button down shirt. We’d cut off his t-shirt a few days prior since his arms were too weak to lift overhead. It was a strange clothing choice, but my father, beyond the act of getting dressed, never wasted a moment considering fashion.

My father’s long term partner, Helen, and my cousin, Maggie, sat up with his body through the night, and into the next morning, until someone from the funeral home came to remove my father’s body.

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Chicago Editor Dismissed for Racist Cartoon Mocking J.B. Pritzker

On February 14, 2018, the latest issue of Chicago’s newsweekly the Chicago Reader was deposited in boxes across the city. The cover-story concerned comments made during 2008 phone calls between Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and then Governor Rod Blagojevich, which were wire tapped by the FBI as part of an investigation into Blagojevich that ultimately yielded a conviction and 14-year prison term for corruption. The conversations were uncovered by The Chicago Tribune.

True to Illinois politics form, Blagojevich dangled various political seats in front of Pritzker, who eventually had a suggestion of his own pertaining to the open senate seat left by President Barack Obama.

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The Long Now Foundation Begins the Installation of the Monumental 10,000 Year Clock in West Texas

Long Now Clock Installation

Nearly 30 years after its conception in 1989 and six years since ground was first broken, the Long Now Foundation has begun installing the monumental 10,000 year clock at its designated location in West Texas, on land owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

The clock is designed to run for ten millennia without any required human intervention to keep it going. Inventor Danny Hillis, who came up with the idea of the clock, proposed for it to be “an icon to long-term thinking”. A number of parts are still being fabricated as of this date, but now the 10,000 year clock is getting closer and closer to keeping time for a long time. We’re all excited.

After over a decade of design and fabrication, we have begun installing the first parts of the Clock of the Long Now on site in West Texas. …The Clock is powered by mechanical energy harvested from the temperature difference from day to night, as well as the people that visit it.

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A Gorgeous Overhead Timelapse Showcasing the Evolving Beauty of Athens, Greece at Night

Filmmaker Alexandros Maragos has created an absolutely gorgeous timelapse showcasing the evolving beauty of Athens, Greece from overhead and at night. In addition to the sleek urban style and rich history, Margaros has captured the natural beauty of the city in its surrounding, hills, valleys and mountains along with the stunning sight of rain storm.

It features hyperlapse, timelapse and drivelapse cinematography of the urban area and the skyline of “the glorious city”. Shot almost entirely from the highest rooftops, hills and mountains at night, the film explores the urban core, the city center and beyond.

Athens Rain Storm

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An Incredibly Detailed Miniature Scale Replica of the Defunct Discolandia Record Store in San Francisco

Artist Joshua Smith, who creates miniature scale models of abandoned buildings from urban settings, has made one such replication of the now-defunct Discolandia Record Store in San Francisco. Discolandia had been a Mission District mainstay since 1972, but rising rents and technological advances prompted the owner to close shop in 2011. Smith’s scale model is painstakingly detailed and a worthy memorial to this unique record store.

One of my works was a scratchbuilt miniature of the old Discolandia record shop in the Mission District of San Francisco. I was super happy how this one turned out and it was such a fun small build to make.

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The Traditional, Labor Intensive Process of Making Nablus Olive Oil Bar Soap by Hand

Wrapping soap

In 2014, Norwegian filmmaker Eirik Moe captured wonderful footage of the traditional process in creating the famous, handcrafted Nablus Olive Oil Soap Bar, which comes from Nablus, Palestine. Moe’s camera filmed the incredibly labor intensive process of scooping up liquid soap, spreading it out onto a plastic sheet on the floor, draping lines for later cutting and the stamping, stacking and the impressive hand wrapping of each individual bar.

This film shows the process of traditional soap production in the old soap factory in central Nablus.



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An Interview With an Artist Who Creates Magnificent Animal Sculptures From Rolled Strips of Newspaper

In 2016, we wrote about Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama and her magnificent animal sculptures made from rolled strips of newspaper. In 2018, Great Big Story caught up with the artist who spoke firsthand about her family background with paper, her inspiration to recreate these incredible creatures and how she goes about doing so.

In her grandfather’s old paper-braiding factory, she creates lifelike sculptures of animals by using old newspaper rolled and twisted into intricate shapes. Through a detailed process gleaned in part from her family’s tradition, Hitotsuyama breathes new life into paper waste—taking recycling to a whole new level.

Here are some newer works by Chie Hitotsuyama.

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