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Travel on Television

History Channel Finding Its way with Lost World--Masada

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No one should venture a trip to Masada without first viewing the History Channel's "Lost World" episode regarding Herod's monumental works in ancient Israel, especially at Masada.The "you discover" epsiode is packed with the type of computer graphics and visualizations that generate greater views and perspectives than the standard long shots of the ramps and staging areas below. Of particular interest is the explanation of Herod's innovative mountaintop mid-desert bath houses which generated both steam and cool water in an arid desert where nearby water did not exist. To bring even greater life to the history, trying viewing the two-part dramatic series Masada. The story of Masada is one of history's first great mass sacrifice for freedom, and enduring tale to this day.

Poll Results

USHMM not believed by 97% of respondents

September 9th 2007

Poll Vote

The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll declared they did not believe the truthfulness of USHMM explanations about the transfer of the International Tracing Services's Nazi-era archives held at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

In response to the question: "Is the US Holocaust Museum being honest about Bad Arolsen Files?" the results were:

 

 

  • 92 percent "No"
  • 5 percent "Not Completely
  • 3 percent "Yes"

Negative poll responses increased dramatically after the USHMM staged an August 23, 2007 event with Red Cross officials and Holocaust survivors and Second Generation families to explain details of the transfer and announced that no media would be allowed to attend. USHMM spokesman Andrew Hollinger refused to return a phone call inquiring about the poll results. During the poll period in August 2007, the Cutting Edge recorded 56,989 hits.


Grand Opening

Spertus Institute Readies for a Grand Reappearance--from Wolfgang Puck to "The Transfer Agreement"

September 7th 2007

Spertus
Spertus Institute

Chicago’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is finally moving into its long-awaited new home on trendy South Michigan Ave. November 30, 2007, the acutely angular 10-story glass edifice, $55 million in the making, will open its doors for studies, research, and cultural amazement. Spertus’s college, museum, collections and performance venues along with the Asher Library and Chicago Jewish Archives will function beneath tenth floor garden bestowing sweeping views of majestic Lake Michigan and Grant Park.

Among the special features, Spertus will provide a 400-seat multimedia theater for speaking events, music, dance and film. Wolfgang Puck Catering will operate the kosher café. The Chicago Jewish Archives, managed by archivist Joy Kingsolver, offers more than 200 valuable collections, including the pivotal records of Chicago Zionists instrumental in the dramatic events swirling around the Holocaust and establishment of the State of Israel.

Among the Chicago Jewish Archives collection supervised by the hardworking Kingsolver is collection 72, the original research files used by author Edwin Black in assembling his bestselling award-winning book, The Transfer Agreement. Read more ..


Consumer Bank News

Impersonal HSBC Doesn't Want Customers to Call their Branch

September 3rd 2007

HSBC
HSBC Local But Not

A recent call responding to an exquisite HSBC bank brochure inviting new local customers revealed a startling and noisome policy. HSBC does not permit its customers to call their local branch with questions or to receive information. Phone numbers are not listed on the bank's massive website and even the phone company won't provide the number--they are unlisted. In order to reach their local bank branch, consumers must first call an offshore call center in the Philippines and then after evaluation, that offshore call center will decide whether consumers need to be connected. HSBC, which claims to be a global network of "local banks," stands by its policy, insisting it is for the customer's protection and to enhance customer service. One phone bank representative argued, "How can our tellers get anything done if they are answering the phone?" The HSBC phone bank representative went on to explain that all major banks refuse to divulge their branch phone numbers. Not so. Read more ..

Israel on Edge

Ze'ev Jabotinsky: State of Israel Be Sure, and You Alone Will Win!

Ze'ev Jabotinsky
Ze'ev Jabotinsky

The more things stay, the more they stay the same. So many in the world stand against Israel – and yet thankfully the Jewish state continues to exist and thrive. There are so many quotes which are from so many years ago but still are so accurate.

The whole world can oppose the Jewish state – they are wrong, and we are right. They are worth re-reading and even framing:

  • "'Everybody is wrong and you alone are right?' No doubt this question springs by itself to the reader's lips and mind. It is customary to answer this with apologetic phrases to the effect that I fully respect public opinion, that I bow to it, that I was glad to make concessions....All this is unnecessary, and all this is untrue. You cannot believe in anything in the world, if you admit even once that perhaps your opponents are right, and not you. This is not the way to do things. There is but one truth in the world, and it is all yours. If you are not sure of it, stay at home; but if you are sure, don't look back, and it will be your way."

Ze'ev Jabotinsky (The Story of the Jewish Legion) Read more ..



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