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Ethnic Cleansing

The IDF has taken a couple of hundred prisoners but discovered that only 15% of their captives have any association with Hamas. The prisoners are men, so that percentage probably holds for the Gaza population. A thousand Gazan have been killed, including 300 children and a hundred women, so you have 600 men, of whom 90 can be assumed to be associated with Hamas. Over 90% of those killed are “collateral damage”.

On the Israeli side 3 civilians and a member of the military have died as a result of the rocket attacks hitting outside of Gaza, leaving 9 IDF deaths in the assault. Of the 9, 3 to 5 died as a result of “friendly fire” incidents, meaning that Hamas has only inflicted a maximum of 6 deaths during the combat.

Every time the IDF has attacked a UN facility it has claimed it was receiving fire from Hamas fighters at the facility, but UN officials have denied that every time. The IDF has allowed no independent journalists in the area, so there is no way of independently confirming anything.

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January 15, 2009   16 Comments

Cut Out The Peanut Butter Snacks

CNN reports: Kellogg warns not to eat its peanut butter crackers

The products affected are Austin- and Keebler-branded:

— Toasted peanut butter sandwich crackers.
— Peanut butter and jelly sandwich crackers.
— Cheese and peanut butter sandwich crackers.
— Peanut butter-chocolate sandwich crackers.

The Michigan-based maker of cereals and snacks posted the recommendation in a statement on its Web site.

Peanut butter produced by Peanut Corporation of America, one of several peanut butter suppliers to the company, has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has affected at least 434 people in 43 states, federal health officials said Wednesday.

The King Nut peanut butter recall was for institutions, as the products are not sold through retail outlets. The bulk product is, however, sold to manufacturers, such as Kellogg, so it might be a good idea not to eat anything that features peanut butter unless it comes out of a jar at home.

January 15, 2009   8 Comments