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  Monday, September 15, 2003

If you are interested in the Semantic Web, check out the linked site.

Very cool RDF authoring tool!

It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I think that support for the Semantic Web is going to finaally take off in the not so distant future.

I suspect that RDF markup, etc. will first be widely used on Corporate private LANs as the means for finding information - then people might be motivated to take the effort to mark up publicly available information.
5:17:32 PM    

We in the U.S. are Israel's only allies on planet earth. We give about 70% of all of our foreign aid to Israel, much in military support.

As a U.S. citizen, I worry about our responsibility for Israel's actions.

Israel, having the U.S. as an ally, has always refused to take part in any international non-proliferation treaties. They do not have to: the U.S. has vetoed approximately 32 otherwise unanimous UN security council resolutions that called Israel to task for their actions.

While I absolutely condemn the actions of militant Palestinian bombers and their leaders, they are not the responsibility of the U.S. - we do not fund them.

I noticed on the news that presidential candidate Dean expressed some reasonable observations about Israel - then Liberman pounced all over him.

I would like to see real dialog in our country over our unconditional support for Israel without the pro-Israeli lobby slinging "anti-semitic mud" at people. It should be OK to calmly and rationally discuss issues that are of vital interest to our country. It should be OK to criticize the government of Israel wihtout suffering through political hysteria and emotional outbursts.

If you are a U.S. citizen, please take the time to think this issue through and be sure to contact your elected representatives and let them know how you feel. We live in a democracy - take advantage and express your views (whether you agree with me or not).

As I have said before: as a religious person, my hopes and prayers are with both the Israelis and the Palestinians. But, on an intellectual level (calmly looking at the facts of the Midlle East situation), I have nothing but criticism for the leadership on both sides of this conflict.
5:06:45 PM    

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