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Big Brother is here...literally

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho?

We don’t know the answers, but we do know exactly when and where the movie stars were going. And we know all of this not from some special government sting operation but from publicly available data about millions of people’s movements throughout New York City.

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View from Central Park

Zuckerbergs...role models

What a refreshing change. Usually when I am checking email at my Yahoo address (I know, I’m old school), there are news stories highlighted, one more ridiculous than the next. Oftentimes they’re about celebrities’ ostentatious displays of wealth and excess, political pushing, or just random irrelevant information. This time the title of an article finally made me succumb to clicking on a Yahoo story. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control...
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Liberal Lens

Why isn’t economic inequality a bigger issue?

IF critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn’t been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers: Americans grossly underestimate this inequality. That’s one of the key findings of a survey showing the gap between CEO and average worker pay in America is more than 10 times larger than the typical American perceives. In the report, Harvard University and Chulalongkorn University researchers analyzed ...
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View from Central Park

Four Species, two complaints

With Sukkot upon us it’s time for the Four Species. In Jewish communities around the world, especially in Israel, and specifically in Jerusalem, there are hundreds of booths selling the Four Species. There is a fragrance in the air: fresh cut wood and the citrusy etrog. Heaven! In search of the perfect etrog, people are scrutinizing etrogim with eagle eyes. Like a baby swaddled and cradled, the etrog is wrapped in silky and golden gossamer flaxen threads. Along with the building of the sukka...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:09 )

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The loneliness of Moses’ death was not unique

The loneliness of Moses’ death was not uniqueAT the end of the Torah Moses dies. His time had come. It’s that simple. The Torah records, “his eye had not dimmed and his vigor had not diminished” (34:7). Moses did not die of illness or incapacity. He reached 120 years, his task in life was finished, and he died.
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JTA News

NBC photographer with Jewish roots recovers from Ebola

Marcy Oster The NBC photographer with a biological Jewish father who was diagnosed with Ebola is free of the virus. ... [Link]

Iran claims to arrest spies near nuclear plant

Anthony Weiss Iran has arrested several suspected foreign spies in the southern province of Bushehr, home to the country’s first nuclear power plant. ... [Link]

Israeli soldiers injured in attack launched from Egypt

Marcy Oster Israeli troops came under fire on the border with Egypt, according to reports. ... [Link]

British youth soccer player charged for anti-Semitic taunts

Marcy Oster A player in a British youth soccer league who allegedly heaped a Jewish team with anti-Semitic abuse was charged with “discrimination on the grounds of religion” by the Football Association. ... [Link]

Ban says U.N. will investigate weaponry in its Gaza agencies

Marcy Oster United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said an independent Board of Inquiry will look into the cases of U.N. agencies hit by artillery during the Gaza conflict, as well as instances in which wea... [Link]

French Jewish leader indicted for calling Dieudonne ‘professional anti-Semite’

Cnaan Liphshiz Roger Cukierman, president of France’s largest Jewish group, was indicted for calling the comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’Bala a “professional anti-Semite.” ... [Link]

Monica joins Twitter. Should we listen?

Anthony Weiss The Jewish woman who, with some justice, described herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet” returned to the cybersphere on Monday.... [Link]

Netanyahu reportedly withdraws support for conversion bill

Marcy Oster Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions. ... [Link]

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