The Apple pundit club strikes again

Hey hey, look, the Apple pundit club have gotten together to do their Apple report card again! Not a surprise but they’re all declaring the iPad is still dying? And then of course there are the folks like Steve Troughton-Smith chiming in on Mastodon but he and other commenters in the thread aren’t offering anything new either. It’s just a repetition of the pundit echo chamber. Even worse, many commenters proudly proclaim that they’re still using old hardware from before 2020.

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Linked: Palestinian and Gaza News

Palestine awakens the revolution… Since Israel began its slaughter in Gaza on October 7, I have felt my own heart become a grave for over 25,000 people in Palestine. I, along with the rest of the world, have borne witness to the world’s most documented genocide in history. I have watched, from my phone, the attempted annihilation of an entire nation. These 100 days of genocide have replaced every cell in my body and made me into a different person.

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Finished reading: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi 📚

Climate fiction about the future of the southwest of the US after decades of extended drought. Seems about right.

The iPad Pro, Mac and Vision Pro can all co-exist

It’s been a couple weeks since Apple released it’s iPad Face Computer and various memes are bouncing around the pundit echo chamber. I’ve not tried it and don’t expect to anytime in the foreseeable future. I have issues with vertigo that would likely make it less than optimal but, also, it’s far beyond my budget. All that said, as the iPad is my preferred computer, I see the merits of VisionOS being based on iPadOS and that brings me to the primary point of this post.

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Linked: Climate Emergency

Skyrocketing ocean temperatures have scientists scratching their heads - Ars Technica… For nearly a year now, a bizarre heating event has been unfolding across the world’s oceans. In March 2023, global sea surface temperatures started shattering record daily highs, and have stayed that way since. … “In the tropical eastern Atlantic, it’s four months ahead of pace—it’s looking like it’s already June out there,” says Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.

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Apple getting weird?

Jason Snell wants Apple to get weird. Here’s my pitch for a new iPad Studio. Hang with me for a minute because this is, well, weird. The M series board, battery and everything that we now know as an iPad is not behind a screen. It’s a keyboard. It’s the base where most of the weight is. And it has more ports. The touch screen would be thinner and lighter than what we now know as an iPad.

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Ongoing link round-up of events in Gaza

Bombs, Disease, Starvation: Canadian Doctor Describes the Desperate Situation Inside Gaza… As Israel continues to threaten to invade Rafah, where over a million Palestinians have sought refuge, we speak to a surgeon who recently returned from a humanitarian mission at the European Hospital in Khan Younis in Gaza. “What I saw in Khan Younis were the most horrific scenes in my entire life,” says Canadian ophthalmologist Dr. Yasser Khan. He describes the dire conditions of injured civilians in Gaza, the majority of whom are children.

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Jon Stewart Tackles The Biden-Trump Rematch That Nobody Wants | The Daily Show - YouTube

He’s back. And his take on the upcoming presidential election is spot on.

Photos: Superb Owl Sunday VIII - The Atlantic

A special Sunday event: our eighth annual photo collection celebrating the magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, and are depicted here in photos from recent years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely), we invite you to take a look.

Kimberley Rose - The definition of antisemitism that has become a weapon to defend Israel

The Palestinian death toll is over 28,000 and yet here I am debating words? Why? Because words, in particular the working definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA, is being used as a weapon to silence people and defend Israel. And these words are increasing being worked into laws. Lawmakers in more than half-dozen US states are pushing laws to define antisemitism

As millions in the US entertained themselves with the Super Bowl Sunday night Israel, with the full support of the US, continued its genocide in Gaza.

Noura Erakat: Israel’s Looming Invasion of Rafah is the “Worst-Case Scenario” - YouTube

As the United States, the European Union and countries around the world are warning Israel against a ground invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza, we speak with Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat. “This is disproportionate, excessive force that is meant to terrorize a population,” says Erakat. “Israel must stop its genocidal campaign now.” Erakat also responds to news that one of President Biden’s top foreign policy aides has admitted the administration has made “missteps” in the Middle East, and discusses calls to stop arms transfers under international law to prevent war crimes.

An easy hack for an ever present clipboard history for iPad!

This is fairly easy and straightforward though it requires more than one Apple device. Ensure that you’ve got handoff/continuity turned on for the shared clipboard on your devices. Install an app like PastePal or another similar app that has iCloud sync and the ability to automatically monitor the clipboard. PastePal is a one-time payment and works on iPad, iPhone and Mac. My iPad Mini is always within reach as is my iPhone.

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2021 Remaster “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Prince, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Steve Winwood - YouTube

Prince at 3:30.

2021 Remastered Edit: Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison & Prince pay tribute to George Harrison at the 2004 Induction Ceremony

Linked: Palestinian Gaza News

Chris Hedges “The Genocide in Gaza”… Best-selling author, foreign correspondent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges addressed the Middle East crisis with a talk titled “The Genocide in Gaza” on December 6, 2023 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy NY. 31 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes in Rafah after Netanyahu says invasion there is inevitable… RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed at least 31 Palestinians in Rafah early Saturday, hours after Israel’s prime minister said he asked the military to plan for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from the southern Gaza city ahead of a ground invasion.

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For activists or anyone following the current situation in Israel this is an excellent pamphlet written by April Rosenblum: The past didn’t go anywhere.

The Past was an activist effort, not an academic work, and was written just after my undergraduate years. It tends to resonate most with people on the activist Left. Other audiences might find these resources helpful.

I’ve been posting a lot recently about Israel’s ongoing actions against Palestians. On February 5th I wrote:

It’s been many years but one thing I remember about being in school and learning about the Holocaust is that it was a common refrain for kids to ask “Why or how did the people of Germany let it happen? Why did they go along with it?” It’s the sort of question that echoes into adulthood and into the public consciousness on the question of the Nazis, fascism and the crimes of the time.

But I look around today and I think, well, we can see how it happens. It’s happening again. If history demonstrates that Israel committed genocide in 2024 how will you feel about your silence, your role as an enabler?

A reader sent this message:

Can I offer a suggestion? I appreciate the intention, but making comparisons between Israel’s actions and those of Nazi Germany is considered antisemitic. It’s a very painful comparison that is hard to have reasonable discussions about.

They shared this link: Working definition of antisemitism

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

The particular bit that stood out to me in the context of my post was this:

  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

The reader went on to share this:

Unfortunately, there are many other instances of genocide in recent history. I’ve found the Rwandan and Armenian genocides, where government forces blamed a whole people for a rebel group’s actions and collectively punished them, to be a good comparison point.

It’s a list worth looking at. We should bear witness to all genocide. But my primary concern right now, in 2024, is the fact that in the near future it’s likely that Israel will be on that list and along with it should be the United States.

I may not have been clear in my writing but I’m not just referring to the state of Israel but the US as well. My point is that if genocide is being committed in 2024 by the state of Israel against the Palestinian people the citizens of the US are complicit. We aid and abet Israel and have for many decades. The crimes being committed today are an extension of previous crimes that we have supported.

And to be clear our criminal, interventionist and violent foreign policy goes far beyond our support of Israel.

I’m certainly not attempting to spread anti-Semitic views and I’ve bookmarked the site for further reading. But that said, Israel may well be, at this moment, committing genocide against the Palestinian people. Certainly the ICJ thinks this is a very real possibility.

I want to make clear that I understand that Israel does not equal the Jewish people and that not all Jewish people agree with the policy of Israel. In no way should blame be directed at Jewish people as a collective whole.

But at the end of this, it may well be that Israel on that Wikipedia page, noted as a state that carried out genocide along with many others over the course of history. And the US should be listed along with it.

I would also add this link to another page on Wikipedia that deals specifically with the genocide of Indigenous peoples.

Linked: Climate Emergency

Chile forest fires: At least 51 dead, say officials | BBC News… At least 51 people were killed by forest fires in Chile’s Valparaíso region, local authorities have said. President Gabriel Boric declared a state of emergency and said he would make “all necessary resources” available to tackle the situation. It is believed to be Chile’s deadliest forest fire on record. Many of those affected were visiting the coastal region during the summer holidays.

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Israel Has Killed Nearly 900 Palestinians Since ICJ Order to Prevent Acts of Genocide

In the week since the International Court of Justice ruled that the Israeli government is plausibly committing genocide and ordered it to prevent potential further acts of genocide, Israeli forces have only continued committing atrocities against Palestinians.

Buoyed by the staying support of American officials, Israeli forces have killed at least 874 Palestinians and injured at least 1,490 in Gaza since last week’s ICJ ruling…

Ex-UNRWA Official: Funding Cuts Make Donor Countries Complicit in Starvation of Gaza - YouTube

As Israel’s assault on Gaza has displaced the majority of Palestinians in Gaza, more than half are sheltering in facilities run by UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. Despite being the largest humanitarian agency in Gaza, UNRWA says it may run out of funds by the end of the month, after at least 18 states or institutions, including many of the agency’s biggest funders, announced they were suspending their donations in January. The cuts came after the Israeli government accused several UNRWA employees of participating in the Hamas attack on October 7. Israel made the allegations in a document it provided to foreign governments which apparently contained no direct evidence of the claims. “As of now, the evidence simply does not exist” outside of this “dodgy Israeli dossier,” says Chris Gunness, former chief spokesperson for UNRWA. He slams donors who have pulled their funding as “doing Israel’s political bidding” in its “scheme to dismantle UNRWA” and further dispossess Palestinians in Gaza.

The Majority Report

Sam and Emma speak with Steven Friedman, director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, to discuss his recent book Good Jew Bad Jew: Racism, anti-Semitism and the assault on meaning. Steven Friedman then joins, parsing through the birth of his recent work from the severe backlash to anti-Zionist and anti-racist Jews as “self-hating,” alongside a severe perversion of the concept of anti-Semitism from the hatred of Jews as a people, to a narrow opposition to the apartheid state of Israel, also touching on the growing union between the state of Israel and the biggest celebrity symbols of anti-Semitism. Stepping back, Friedman explores the evolution of Zionism in relation to a largely Europe-based Jewry, with OG Zionists like Theodor Herzl and A.D. Gordon seeing the exclusion of the Jewish people from the European elite as a cultural failing of their people – one that can be solved via the establishment of a Zionist state and thus a Zionist elite.

‘Overshadow Gaza crimes’: World reacts to US attacks on Iraq and Syria | Al Jazeera

The United States has conducted a wave of air strikes on Iran-aligned targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for an attack that killed American soldiers in Jordan.

On Saturday, Iraq said 16 people, including civilians, were killed on its soil, and a monitoring group reported 18 people were killed in Syria. … Here is how the world reacted to the US action:


“The attacks are a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, international law, and a clear violation of the United Nations Charter,” said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Nasser Kanaani.


“This aggressive strike will put security in Iraq and the region on the brink of the abyss,” the Iraqi government said in a statement, and denied Washington’s claims of coordinating the air raids with Baghdad as “false” and “aimed at misleading international public opinion”.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the strikes served to “inflame the conflict in the Middle East in an extremely dangerous way” and added to Washington’s “record of violations against Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the safety of its people, proving once again that it is the main source of global instability”.

State Department Declares “Ethnic Cleansing” in Sudan but Won’t Say the Same About Israel’s War in Gaza

“U.S. officials regularly — and often rightly — condemn the actions of other warring parties in other places like Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Sudan,” Sarah Yager, the Washington director at Human Rights Watch, told The Intercept. “But on Gaza, U.S. officials are avoiding passing judgment on Israel’s conduct.”

“Complicit” in Israeli Atrocities

On a near-daily basis, a State Department spokesperson takes questions from the media and is routinely pressed about the latest atrocity alleged to have been committed by Israeli forces, whether it’s gunfire aimed at civilians in a church; the bombing of hospitals, mosques, schools, universities, or residential buildings; or the cutting off of food, fuel, and medicine. Generally, the questions refer to either video evidence or on-record statements from Israeli government ministers.

The State Department consistently declines to cast judgment, often saying that the views or actions of some elements of the security forces or some ministers don’t represent the official Israeli position.

If you use an #iPad with an external monitor here’s a quick tip. The easiest way to move any particular window from the iPad to the external monitor is a keyboard shortcut: Globe+Control+\

It works in reverse to move a window from the external to the iPad.

Report Finds “No Evidence” in Key Dossier to Support Israel’s UNRWA Allegations

A key Israeli intelligence dossier used by countries to justify defunding the primary aid group for Palestinian refugees contains “no evidence” to back up Israel’s allegations against the group, new reports have found….

In a report this week, Channel 4 reported that, despite being used by many countries to justify withdrawing aid amid horrific conditions in Gaza and risk complicity in genocide, the document actually “provides no evidence to support its explosive new claim that UNRWA staff were involved.”