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Israel Evicts Jewish Settlers from the Gaza Strip

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

It is called the Disengagement Plan. Jews must evacuate from the Gaza Strip in order to lessen tensions and to enhance security. Years ago the government encouraged settlement in the area. Many Jews settled into tight-knit communities. FYI, religious Jews tend to pray together, and they don't drive on the Sabbath, so they tend to live within walking distance of each other. But these Jewish settlements have become a problem for the Israeli government. Israeli soldiers are forced to defend these areas from Arab attacks. Israeli soldiers tend to draw more attacks. (Wash, Rinse. Repeat.) When Israel retaliates for these attacks, the world criticizes, so Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decides to evict the Jews from Gaza. The settlers will be well compensated. (It is not as good a deal as it sounds.) This also means that the dead must be disinterred, established businesses must be abandoned and religious Jews must give up their piece of biblical Israel. 40,000 soldiers arrive to force everyone out. Many tears are shed by soldiers and settlers alike. Some people must be pried from their homes. Others are scooped up in the midst of prayer. It is painful to watch. Many Israeli citizens say, "We can never do this again." But did it help with security? No. Not really. [1] [2][3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It did not achieve its security goals, but was the compensation money adequate? It would have been if you were moving a few people, but when tens of thousands of people are suddenly dumped into a job and housing market like Israel, you have a lot of people homeless and out of a job. Then those same people start eating through their compensation money. Israel moved people into mobile homes temporarily, but after 10 years, most were still there. And the attacks on Jews continued unabated. So... when someone tells me that the settlers in the so-called West Bank should be evicted, I laugh. They saw what happened in Gaza. They are not going to let go of their land until you pry it from their cold, dead fingers. You might say, "Israel can let them defend themselves." Yes, but the settlers will still be there, defending their homes, and by "defend" I mean with guns. They are willing to live alongside the Arabs, but anyone who messes with them is going to get shot. Just so you know. [5]

Global Warming Madness

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

This is the year for hurricanes, so naturally the Global Warming evangelists are telling us that this violent weather is due to Global Warming and that your government must do something about it. After all, President Clinton had promised to stop all tornadoes, but now President Bush is President. To hear the media tell it, Bush refuses to save us from bad weather. The list of hurricane and tornado disasters for this year is formidable, but the worst are Hurricane Katrina which hits Louisiana and Mississippi, and Hurricane Rita which hits Texas. The whole media angle on Katrina is that President Bush doesn't care enough to have emergency aid ready for Louisiana. Of course, the fact that the Democrat governor doesn't want a Republican president to get the credit for saving the state has something to do with the delay. Then the New Orleans flood walls and levees fail due to engineering mistakes. (As a former soils inspector, I say that the mistake was in hiring someone's brother-in-law. I smell corruption. Rumors that President Bush blew up the levees are ridiculous.) Many people from Louisiana come to Houston, Texas to escape these bad weather events. Then comes Hurricane Rita. Houston is evacuated. People die simply trying to get out. Buses overturn. ATMs are emptied out. Austin is a primary evacuation center. It becomes inundated with people from Louisiana! Rita hits Galveston and Houston hard, but the aftermath seems to play out differently. There is no whining. Whatever FEMA money that is normally due is fine because when a state is along the Gulf coast, hurricanes happen. Preparing for the obvious is the state's job... not the federal government's. If your state is not prepared for the expected in your region, then your state representatives are idiots or on the take. (Say no more, Alex.) [6] [7] [8] [9]

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

On a related note, the Kyoto Protocol came into affect this year, which was a treaty signed in 1997 that declared that global warming exists and that man-made CO2 was the culprit behind it. It also forces the countries to set binding emission reduction goals. [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
My buddy, Jim, now of blessed memory, used the 2005 hurricane outbreak as his "proof" that Global Warming or Global Climate Change is real. Yet, after six named hurricanes hitting the United States in 2005, the next year there were none... that is, ZERO in 2006. In 2007 there was 1, and 2008 there were 3. Where is the Global <fill-in-the-blank>? I suspect it is in someone's head if they are depending on hurricanes as an indicator. FYI, I think that the Earth is generally warming. This seems obvious. Man-made pollution must have some effect, but exactly how much I have no idea, and I don't trust scientists who depend on government grants. The government wants to tax me for Global Warming, so I don't trust scientists that tell the government they are right to do so. I also don't trust studies paid for by pharmaceutical companies about the virtues and safety of the drugs that they are selling. I'm not saying they are wrong. I'm saying trust, but verify through outside sources. I don't see that happening with Global Warming. [11]

My Take by Southpaw Ben
Much like Alex and Jack, I tend to be skeptical about man-made global warming for the same reasons I tend to be skeptical of pharnaceutical studies, especially with what I learned in the Persuasion and Propoganda class I took last semester, which had the pharmaceutical industry as a case study. Needless to say, this opinion is not popular among many of my friends and college classmates. I'm also skeptical because the climate has always been a dynamic system, with long periods of stability being the exception rather than the rule. However, I also try to keep an open mind when examining this issue, because despite the governments incompetence, as the old saying goes, even a blind finds a nut occasionally, and some of their rebuttals to "Science deniers" questions about global warming do seem to make sense. So for me, the jury is still out, and I'll worry about more ground level problems, such as farm erosion problems and petroleum dependence, and if that ends up "saving the planet" from global warming, that's all the better.

Notable Births

Various princes and princesses, but no one I recognize.--alexshrugged

Notable Deaths

  • Pope John Paul II (age 84, septic shock after an infection): Last words, "Allow me to depart to the house of the Father". [12]
  • Rosa Parks (age 92, natural causes): She refused to give up her seat on that bus. [12]
  • William Rehnquist (age 80, unspecified): Supreme Court Chief Justice. [12]
  • James Doohan (age 85, scarring of the lungs, probably due to chemicals breathed during WW2): Scotty in the original Star Trek series. [12]
  • And...: Johnny Carson, Don Adams (Get Smart), and Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island). [12]

This Year in Film

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: (Rough stuff.--alexshrugged) [13]
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: . [13]
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: (It did better in the box office, than I would have expected.--alexshrugged) [13]
  • And...: War of the Worlds, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Hitch. [13]

This Year in TV

  • American Dad!: Animated satire about a conservative, all-American crazy person. [14]
  • Dr. Who is revived: The series died almost 10 years ago. (Good to see it back.--alexshrugged) [14]
  • The Office: A sitcom mocking office politics. [14]
  • And...: Grey's Anatomy, Deadliest Catch, and The Colbert Report. [14]

This Year in Music

  • Here We Go Again: Ray Charles and Norah Jones. (A duet reminiscent of Nat King Cole with his daughter, Natalie, after he died.--alexshrugged) [15]

This Year in Video Games

  • 60 Minutes beats up on video games: (Apparently, 60 Minutes is promoting censorship. Strange.--alexshrugged) [16]
  • Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii are unveiled: Xbox is released this year. The others will be released next year. [16]
  • Madden NFL 06 is the top grossing console game: '06 was released in August of 2005 for some reason. [16]
  • World of Warcraft is the top grossing PC game: A massively multiplayer online (fantasy) role-playing game. [16]

In Other News

  • Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed: They say she is in a "vegetative state", so they kill her. (I'd call that murder.--alexshrugged). [17] [2][18]
  • Former FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt admits that he was the whistle-blower in the Watergate scandal: President Nixon was forced to resign. [19] [2][20]
  • Four jihadi suicide bombers blow up areas in central London and the subway, killing 52: Over 700 are injured. [21] [2][22]
  • The Housing Bubble bursts: Home prices decline to below that still owed on the mortgages. [2]
  • The Unemployment Rate falls below 5% and will remain so for 2 years: . [2]

Weather Madness (It's Global Warming!)

  • Hurricane Dennis hits Florida, killing 42: It causes 4 billion in damages. [2]
  • Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf coast region, killing over 1,000: It causes over $108 billion in damages. [23] [2]
  • Hurricane Rita hits the Gulf Coast, killing 97: Houston is evacuated. It causes 12 billion in damages. [2]
  • Hurricane Wilma hits Florida, killing 23: It causes 29.1 billion in damages. [2]
  • Tornadoes form near Evansville, Indiana and kill 25: It causes 92 million in damages. [2]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 2005, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Demolition of Gaza homes completed (September 12, 2005).
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2005 - Wikipedia.
  3. Israeli disengagement from Gaza - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 15 May 2017. “The disengagement was proposed in 2003 by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, adopted by the Government in June 2004, approved by the Knesset in February 2005 and enacted in August 2005. Israeli citizens who refused to accept government compensation packages and voluntarily vacate their homes prior to the August 15, 2005 deadline, were evicted by Israeli security forces over a period of several days.[1] The eviction of all residents, demolition of the residential buildings and evacuation of associated security personnel from the Gaza Strip was completed by September 12, 2005. The eviction and dismantlement of the four settlements in the northern West Bank was completed ten days later. A total of 8,000 Jewish settlers from all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip were relocated. The average settler received compensation of over U.S $200,000.”
  4. INSIGHT - DISENGAGEMENT FROM GAZA, 10 YEARS AFTER – 08/17/2015 - YouTube. i24 News (2015). Retrieved on 16 May 2017. “August 2005: End of the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. 10 years after this political and psychological earthquake, we met the Jewish families evicted from the settlements. A report by Yoray Liberman. i24news is an international 24-hour news and current affairs television channel based in Jaffa Port.”
  5. Alex Shrugged notes: I know Jewish settlers which is how I can say that they are willing to get along with Arabs. They tell me so. I also know that "getting along" does not include "going away".
  6. 2005 levee failures in Greater New Orleans - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 16 May 2017. “The engineers responsible for the design of the canal levees and the I-walls embedded in them overestimated the soil strength, meaning that the soil strength used in the design calculations was greater than what actually existed under and near the levee during Hurricane Katrina. They made unconservative (i.e., erring toward unsafe) interpretations of the data: the soil below the levee was actually weaker than that used in the I-wall design (ASCE: External Review Panel, pg 48). Another critical engineering oversight that led to the failure of the 17th Street Canal involves not taking into account the possibility of a water-filled gap which turned out to be a very important aspect of the failures of the I-walls around New Orleans. 'Analysis indicate that, with the presence of a water-filled gap, the factor of safety is about 30 percent lower. Because a factor of safety of 1.3 was used for design, a reduction of 30 percent would reduce the factor of safety to approximately one: a condition of incipient failure.' (ASCE: External Review Panel, pg 51)”
  7. Effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 16 May 2017. “Levee”
  8. Hurricane Katrina - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 16 May 2017.
  9. Hurricane Rita - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 16 May 2017.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol
  11. HURDAT Re-analysis Chronological List of All Hurricanes. NOAA (2017). Retrieved on 16 May 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 2005 Deaths - Wikipedia (2005).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 2005 in film - Wikipedia (2005). Retrieved on 27 January 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 2005 in television - Wikipedia (2005).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 2005 in music - Wikipedia (2005). Retrieved on 30 January 2017.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 2005 in video gaming - Wikipedia (2005).
  17. Schiavo's Feeding Tube Reinsertion Denied Again.. The America's Intelligence Wire (2005-03-23). Retrieved on 2009-10-23.
  18. Terri Schiavo case - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 15 May 2017. “The Terri Schiavo case was a right-to-die legal case in the United States from 1990 to 2005, involving Theresa Marie 'Terri' Schiavo, a woman in an irreversible persistent vegetative state. Schiavo's husband and legal guardian argued that Schiavo would not have wanted prolonged artificial life support without the prospect of recovery, and elected to remove her feeding tube. Schiavo's parents argued in favor of continuing artificial nutrition and hydration and challenged Schiavo's medical diagnosis.”
  19. McGuinness, Ross. "Metro (Associated Metro Limited)", March 16, 2009, pp. 30. 
  20. Mark Felt - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 15 May 2017. “After keeping secret for 30 years his involvement with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Felt acknowledged on May 31, 2005 that he was the Watergate scandal's whistleblower, 'Deep Throat'.”
  21. "London bombings: Police updates", BBC News, July 9, 2005. Retrieved on November 8, 2009. 
  22. 7 July 2005 London bombings - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 15 May 2017. “On the morning of Thursday, 7 July 2005, four Islamist extremists separately detonated three bombs in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city, and later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. Fifty-two people were killed and over 700 more were injured in the attacks, making it Britain's deadliest terrorist incident since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, as well as the country's first ever Islamist suicide attack.”
  23. Library, C. N. N.. Hurricane Katrina Statistics Fast Facts.

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