Seeking authentic religion, 600+ Colombian evangelist Christians convert to Judaism

Elad Villegas and Shlomo Caro

Source: The California Sunday Magazine

A team of three reporters and photographers document the amazing journey of 600 Colombians who followed their young religious leaders from a congregation of evangelical Christianity into Orthodox Judaism, becoming a congregation of 600 in Medellín, Colombia. Guided at first only by books and the deep feeling of connectedness to God which two of the evangelists had experienced during visits to Israel that were not related to religion, the leaders learned how to practice Judaism, converted their families and community members and instructed them in kosher Jewish observance. René Cano eventually moved his family to Israel in 2015 and has become Shlomo Caro.

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Ethiopian Jews and Israelis celebrate as emergency airlift flights are completed

Ethiopians evacuated by Israel

Source: New York Times

On May 26 1991, the United States prodded the Ethiopian government to allow Israel to carry 14,500 Ethiopian Jews – just about the entire Jewish population of that country – to safety in 36 hours. The emergency rescue was carried out during the Jewish Sabbath when activities such as long-distance travel and operating machinery are prohibited. Permissible, because this was a life-saving mission.

New York Times’ Joel Brinkley reported,

At the airport this morning, it was difficult to tell who was more joyful — the barefoot Ethiopians who cheered, ululated and bent down to kiss the tarmac as they stepped off the planes, or the Israelis who watched them aglow, marveling at this powerful image showing that their state still holds appeal, even with all its problems…

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John Cleese on oversensitivity & taking PC way too far

John Cleese

Source: The Big Think

John Cleese points out that all humour is critical – even the inclusive type and gives the example: “How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” But in today’s environment of hyper-sensitivity over political correctness, many instances of humour are now viewed as unkind.

The reasons for this may be, as Cleese relates, this: “Robin Skinner said something very interesting to me: if people cannot control their own emotions they have to start trying to control other people’s behaviour.” And well, see the rest of what he says for yourself. It’s a quick watch, and worthwhile.

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Click-it or Ticket enforcement campaigns begin nationwide on May 23

Click it or ticket bannerTeaneck, NJ and other police departments around the country will be looking harder during the national Click It or Ticket enforcement drive to see if you’re wearing your seatbelt while driving. The campaign dates are May 23 to June 5 2016 … Forewarned is forearmed. Be careful out there!

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NPL hosts event for launch of book on outstanding women in Puerto Rican history on June 29

PR Women History Forgot

Source: Markus Wiener Publishers – book cover

The New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center @ The Newark Public Library and the Friends of HRIC are co-hosting the launch of the new book, Nationalists Heroines: Puerto Rican Women History Forgot 1930s-1950s, by Dr. Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Professor Emerita in History, Rutgers University. The public is welcome at this event.

A book signing and reception will follow the talk and reading.

Book Release Event for Nationalists Heroines:
Puerto Rican Women History Forgot, 1930s-1950s
Wednesday 29 June | 6 PM
@ The Newark Public Library
Centennial Hall
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
973-733-3637 or 973-733-7772

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Facebook hacked – phishing scam prompts you to enter password to seize control of your account

I woke up in the middle of the night and naturally, checked Facebook before turning over in my bed to go back to sleep. Because that’s what everybody does, right?

A notice to re-enter my password popped onto my screen. This happens sometimes, so I re-entered my Facebook password. Must have entered it wrong, I thought, because the notice popped up again. Annoying – this time I know I entered it right.

So I hit the back key and became instantly suspicious. My Facebook connection was working fine. Uh oh. I probably just gave my password to some hackers. What looked like a password prompt was probably phishers looking to secure my account. I knew what was coming next:

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Adam Grant says: Be an original thinker – and possibly change the world

Adam Grant

Source: TED

Adam Grant gives a TED Talk on The surprising habits of original thinkers. It’s lovely.

Innovate, procrastinate, take risk, try, get messy, Adam suggests. Try something new – because you could change the world. And remember, creative people are on a different time schedule. A quote I love from this TED Talk: “You call it procrastination. I call it thinking.”

Thanks, Adam!

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Indian man invents inexpensive menstrual pad machine & changed rural women’s lives

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Source: A Mighty Girl Facebook page

A Mighty Girl reports on Facebook:

After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over eighteen years, Muruganantham’s machine has spread to more than 400 production sites that serve 1,300 villages in the poorest and least developed sections of India. Moreover, since most of his clients are NGOs and women’s self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a “by the women, for the women, and to the women” model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. His success, both at providing women with more hygienic options and creating local economic opportunities for women, is generating interest in his machine in many developing countries.

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Bill Clinton tells how Hamas manipulates public perception about Israel

Bill Clinton as ME peacemaker

Source: Wikipedia

Former President Bill Clinton at a May 13 political event in Ewing NJ told the audience:

…Hamas is really smart. When they decide to rocket Israel, they insinuate themselves in the hospitals, in the schools, in the highly populous areas, and they are smart. They said they try to put Israelis in a position of either not defending themselves or killing innocents. They’re good at it. They’re smart. They’ve been doing this a long time …

I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state. I had a deal they turned down that would have given them all of Gaza.

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Political tracking & navigation tools

Type of tool/term Link What it does
Congressional voting records & bill tracking GovTrack Website provides info about Congresspeople and their voting records; about bills and what stage of the lawmaking process they are at.Open data for developers is available. And, you can sign up to receive email alerts for the bills or Congresspeople you’re interested in keeping tabs on.
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Petition of woman sent home for not wearing high heels gets 120,000+ sigs in 2 days

Nicola Thorp

Source: BBC interview with Nicola Thorp

Londoner Nicola Thorp doesn’t want to wear high heels to work and apparently, a lot of other UK women don’t want to either. After Ms. Thorp’s new employer sent her home because she came to work in flat shoes, she started a petition, “asking the U.K. government to make it illegal for companies to require that women wear high heels to work.”

I got sent home from work for wearing flats. It's still legal for employers to require women to wear heels..pls sign

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Christie vetoes equal pay for women, says women are not equal

Christie against women

Source: Ultraviolet

Christie explains the reason he vetoed on May 9 a bill that would protect New Jersey women against pay discrimination. His reason, according to

Biblically speaking, women aren’t and will never be equal to men. And that includes their salaries.

That sums his position up pretty neatly, I think. But I should warn readers that Politicops is known for posting plenty of satire and even occasionally errr, untruths.

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Knowing Newark book available for free at NPL locations

Knowing Newark

Source: Newark Public Library

In honor of Newark’s 350th anniversary, the Newark Public Library announces the publication of Knowing Newark: Selected Star-Ledger Columns by city historian and librarian Charles F. Cummings in a 112-page book.

Knowing Newark: Selected Star-Ledger Columns by Charles F. Cummings is available for order on The 112-page book is available for $6.74 ($2.75 for the book + $3.99 shipping). The book will be available free of charge at any Newark Public Library location.

The Library has also created a companion Knowing Newark website that will make all 500 of Cummings’ columns available for the first time. The first 100 columns are already online at and the rest will be added over the course of the year. Each column is illustrated and keyword searchable.

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Protected: DC lawyer gives up career to live in a Louisiana tent & help her people

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7 genius cleaning tips!

vinegar in toilet tank

Source: Household Hacker

White vinegar and tea as bathroom cleaners, plus 5 other natural product cleaning tricks.

Hat tip to Elizabeth McGrady for the find.

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