The River-Merchant’s Wife

After Li Po

While my hair was still cut straight
     across my forehead
I played at the front gate, pulling
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing
You walked about my seat, playing with
     blue plums.
And we went on living in the village of
Two small people, without dislike or

At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never
     looked back.

At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with
Forever and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the lookout?

At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-en, by the river
     of swirling eddies,
And you have been gone five months.
The monkeys make sorrowful noise

You dragged your feet when you went
By the gate now, the moss is grown,
     the different mosses,
Too deep to clear them away!
The leaves fall early this autumn, in
The paired butterflies are already
     yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me.  I grow older.
If you are coming down through the
     narrows of the river Kiang,
Please let me know beforehand,
And I will come out to meet you
          As far as Cho-fu-sa.

From Dr. Mads Gilbert, the Norwegian Hero in Gaza Right Now

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Originally posted on Fig Trees and Vineyards:


Dr. Mads Gilbert (L) and Dr. Eric Fosse in Gaza

I found this email in my box last night, passed onto me by a friend. It is from Dr. Mads Gilbert, who paints a grim picture of conditions in Gaza. Feel free to copy and paste, as they are trying to circulate it as widely as possible. What we are witnessing is a humanitarian catastrophe that is probably going to be remembered by history, that is if we don’t allow the victors to write it. This is part of the historic record. So please pass it on.

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Thanks Irish Savant – On Dov


Saturday, 19 July 2014
The Talented Mister Zakheim
Meet The Hon. Dov Zakheim, a man of many talents and accomplishments. Talmudic rabbi, devoted public servant, defence expert, aviation technology entrepreneur, dual-citizen, controller of trillions of dollars in defence expenditures, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the United States Naval Institute. He is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, as well as other awards for government and community service.

What a pentagon…I mean paragon. Like, he could have stayed making millions with various Israeli-owned technology companies but instead left it all for selfless Government service. Just like Dick Cheney, Robert Rubin and Donald Rumsfeldt. Devoted patriots one and all. Mind you, his times at the Pentagon were not without controversy, including the one in which no less than $3.2 trillion went missing. This is about the annual value of the total Federal Budget for the USA. Or to look at it another way, 200 times the annual Israeli Defence Budget of $16 billion.

I’m sure Dov was only itching to explain how it all went AWOL. And also the questions about his decision to flog off at knock-down prices a vast amount of ‘surplus’ military material to Israel, material which many believed in fact to be state of the art. In due course a specialised team of investigators was established which began accumulating a lot of incriminating evidence. But then a terrible thing happened. The very office where the evidence was stored and where the audit team was working was hit by a missile, whoops, I mean a plane, on September 11, 2001. Investigators and evidence were blown to smithereens.

Dov must have been devastated.

Before his time as Financial Controller at the Pentagon (he has no financial, audit or accounting qualifications) he’d been busy on the Project For The New American Century (PNAC). helping to author the policy paper Rebuilding America’s Defenses. Excerpt: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolunionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor. … “

If only he knew!

Interestingly, in between his stints of devoted public service at the Pentagon the Hon. Dov made a fortune as CEO of SPC International, the company which provides a “Flight Termination System” for the US military. The company describes it as “a fully redundant turnkey range safety and test system for remote control and flight termination of airborne test vehicles.” If only they’d had that at the time of the 9/11 attacks…they could have wrested control of the planes from the hands of the Cessna pilots who had hijacked them, and flown the planes to safety.

But wait! I’ve just checked and it seems that the technology had in fact been developed and operationally tested by Dov’s company well before the 9/11 attacks. Imagine that!

Now some narrow-minded people have cast aspersions on our mate Dov. And not just about financial shenanigans and glaring conflicts-of-interest. They point out the suspicious timing (the day before the 9/11 attacks) of the announcement of the missing $3.2 trillion, his being CEO of a company with flight interceptor capabilities, his knowledge of every nook and cranny in the Pentagon, the fact that the missile plane hit the very area of the Pentagon where the investigators and evidence were located, his call for ‘a new Pearl Harbor’, and that Rabbi Dov’s beloved Talmud says some very naughty things about us gentiles. They have asked why the diligent intrepid investigative journalists in the MSM haven’t applied their forensic skills (fine tuned over many years in their legendary search for the truth) to those issues

But so far there’s been nothing. Nada. A deathly silence reigns. And The Hon. Dov lives the high life, wealthy and content, recipient of the nation’s highest honours. Just like his friend Lucky Larry Silverstein.
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Something Positive, Gardening

Okay, where Paul Gautschi says God, I’d say Nature.  Learn to read nature and you wouldn’t need any man made books…but hey, whatever floats your boat.

What I like most about gardening (besides the fresh food) is that it is very relaxing, for me a meditation.

Israeli Facebook Depravity Climbs to New Heights

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Happy 4th of July Americans. These are the people who control you now… Maybe the Germans knew something we have yet to learn.

Originally posted on Fig Trees and Vineyards:


The above photo was posted on an Israeli Facebook page. The page is mostly in Hebrew, and I cannot tell you where or when the photo was taken, but in a comment beneath it, posted at 9:32 a.m. on Wednesday, a fellow Israeli wrote to the site owner, “Do me a favor and ditch these shocking photos now!”

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So Get Your History Right

But don’t forget there were a lot of Germans going along with the destruction of their country.  Greed and perversion are not character traits only found in the jewish race.  Another interesting fact is that in 1933 when Hitler came to power, there were more jews in Berlin alone than there were in all of France.  Many, many of these jews were Poles.  When the National Socialist started to ship them back to Poland, the Poles put them in camps along the boarder…they didn’t want them back.  Why?

So what do you think is in the works for the Ukraine?