Monthly Archives: October 2017

Michael Taub- A Great Israeli Ambassador

According to Daniel Taub, the crisis witnessed in the Middle East region does not mean that all hope towards stability is lost. Amidst the crisis are opportunities that can be utilized to ensure the region is stable. According to Daniel Taub, there is still a lot that is happening in the region, more so involving Israel, which if respected by all parties will improve the situation.

Taub points out to two points that portray the brighter side of the Middle East. One, there is the peace treaty between Israeli and her neighbors Jordan and Egypt. The peace agreements have remained resilient for a very long time. These countries have stayed true to the agreement even during turbulent times.

Secondly, there is interests’ alignment between Israel and some of her neighbors. For a long time now, Israel has been enjoying quiet interests’ alignments with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf of States.

These are countries that are concerned about the same issues affecting the region. This creates an avenue for these countries to forge forward in their efforts to accomplish stability. Although their interests align, they are individual and at no point did they sit together to draft them.

There are other countries that engage Israel in its efforts although quietly. So, according to Daniel Taub, the situation in the Middle East is not final, there is still hope that stability will be reached through the partnering countries. Read more: Daniel Taub | About

Israel has also been able to align its interests with countries in the west such as the United States of America. The relations between U.S and Israel are deep especially in efforts to fight terrorism in the world. The cooperation has also strengthened into other quotas with the United States being the leading supplier of technology to Israel.

Daniel Taub also sees an opportunity for the British Labour Party and the Israeli Labour party to establish stronger relations since they share so much in common.

Most of their principles on issues of freedom of speech, women and minorities issues, and attitude to homosexuals align together. Daniel insists that the progressive values employed in Britain and other developed countries are the same that are applicable in Israel.

About Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub served as the Israeli representative to the United Kingdom in 2011-2015. Daniel Taub was born in the United Kingdom and moved to Israel in 1989.

He worked in the Israeli Defense Forces both as a medic officer and reserve officer in the international law division. Daniel Taub is a highly trained international law attorney.

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The Trabuco And Pumpkin Chucking Contests

Pumpkin chucking is an international sport that takes place every year during the fall. It normally happens when pumpkins are about to be harvested. Events take place from late August to the middle part of November. Countries such as the United States, Belgium and France. all sponsor contests. States such as Delaware, Utah and New Hampshire are known for their pumpkin chucking events.

The sport of pumpkin chunking requires teams of competitors to shoot or hurl a pumpkin over a great distance. The team that can throw their pumpkin the farthest usually wins the contest. Competitors use machines such as catapults, sling shots pneumatic cannons and trabucos. The trabuco is considered one of the best devices for this event.

The trabuco has the ability to throw pumpkins a great distance. It is an ancient war machine that was first invented by the Chinese during the 4th century B.C. according to The French people were the first to use this weapon a lot during the middle ages.

Trabucos work by using mechanical energy to sling an object over a great distance. An object is set at the top of the lever on the machine. The lever is pulled back into place with a rope or some other type of mechanism. The tension is built up into the lever. When the lever is released it hurls the object as far as it will go. The trick to getting a good throw with a trabuco is to create as much tension as possible.

Teams come up with all sorts of new and different ways to hurl pumpkins. They design different machines with different mechanism controls to help throw pumpkins farther than before. Some teams have created trabucos that could literally throw pumpkins for over three miles on That is a huge distance for hurling an object.

Pumpkin chunking contests are usually the main part of a big event such as a pumpkin festival or fair. Many people have pumpkin cooking contests where they make pies, cookies and other dishes out of pumpkins. Based on, people often barbecue, have chili contests, there are rides and games and even a Miss Pumpkin pageant. Pumpkin chucking and trabucos provide a fun and entertaining way for people to see pumpkins flying through the air while having a good time.

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Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Fight for Justice

When two like-minded people join forces, the result is always fantastic. The birth and success of Village Voice Media are no different. Co-founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Village Voice is one of the most respected media conglomerates in the country.

Both founders come from humble backgrounds and neither finished college. They dropped out in the 70s to start their first paper called Phoenix New Times. New Times is currently still one of the top papers in Arizona. Recently, the paper and its executives made headlines as their battle against corruption came to an end.

Almost a decade ago, Lacey and Larkin were the victims of an enraged crooked sheriff. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County took offense to the way New Times portrayed him as a cruel law enforcer. On October 18, 2007, he sent armed deputies to Lacey and Larkin’s homes to arrest.

The two men, not yet charged with anything, were forced from the homes and into unmarked SUVs that had Mexican license plates. They were then driven to two different jails, both managed by Arpaio, and booked for not cooperating with the sheriff’s office, which by that point was true.

It’s no secret that Lacey and Larkin disapproved of Arpaio as much as he hated them. New Times wrote numerous papers about Sheriff Arpaio’s consistent abuse of power. He rationalized that abuse by deeming himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. In reality, he’s just an anti-Mexican fear-monger with a taste of blood.

His hatred of Latinos is well documented in the New Times stories. It’s those stories that drove him to go after Lacey and Larkin. They refused to ignore his hate and abuse is what sparked his rage. Not only did they cite his anti-Latino attitude, they also talked his financial irregularities.

Driven mad by their stories, Arpaio used grand jury subpoenas to attack the executives and their paper. He tried to use legal authority to force them into submission. When they didn’t crack, he locked them away in his jails, hoping they’d never mess with him again.

Fortunately, he was wrong. Upon their release, they immediately filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County. Seeing as Sheriff Arpaio had no legal right to arrest and he violated their rights, Maricopa County had to pay the executives a $3.75 million settlement.

Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund