A Modest Proposal

  1. No more than 6 months after the acceptance of this agreement, the State of Israel shall occupy and annex the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  2. At that time, the State of Israel shall be renamed The State of Israel and Palestine.
  3. At that time, the State of Israel and Palestine shall extend the current Law of Return to all descendents of those inhabiting the British Mandate of Palestine in 1947.
  4. Persons exercising the Right of Return, whether Arab or Jew, shall enjoy all the rights, privileges, and duties of citizenship in the State of Israel and Palestine, with the following exceptions:
  5. No person exercising the Right of Return, whether Jew or Arab, may vote for or serve in any level of government in the State of Israel and Palestine. However, they shall not be required to serve in the armed forces of the State of Israel and Palestine.
  6. No child born in the State of Israel and Palestine, having a parent who exercised the Right of Return, may vote for or serve in any level of government in the State of Israel and Palestine; however, they shall be subject to service in the armed forces of the State of Israel and Palestine per existing law.
  7. Grandchildren, born in the State of Israel and Palestine, of persons exercising the Right of Return, shall enjoy all the rights, privileges, and duties of citizenship in the State of Israel and Palestine without reservation.
  8. All institutions of primary, secondary, and tertiary education in the State of Israel and Palestine shall, no more than 4 years following the acceptance of this agreement, be required to maintain a ratio of Jewish to Arab faculty in inverse proportion to the ratio of Jew to Arab in their student body. Faculty and students who self-identify as other than Arab or Jewish shall be counted twice, once for each moiety.

This is how the world ends

Holland, Malaysia, etc. demand reparations from Russia and its “pro-Russian seperatist” pawns. Upon refusal, they offer military aid to Ukraine to retake its rebel provinces. Russia invades in earnest. NATO retaliates.

The World Wide Web Software Stack: Threat or Menace?

James Mickens, in what he unfortunately says will be the last of his extraordinarily wonderful articles for Usenix, sums up the tentacled cthonic horror that is the software that underlies the World Wide Web:

People think that Web browsers are elegant computation platforms, and Web pages are light, fluffy things that you can edit in Notepad as you trade ironic comments with your friends in the coffee shop. Nothing could be further from the truth. A modern Web page is a catastrophe. It’s like a scene from one of those apocalyptic medieval paintings that depicts what would happen if Galactus arrived: people are tumbling into fiery crevasses and lamenting various lamentable things and hanging from playground equipment that would not pass OSHA safety checks.

(Title stolen from Rod Martens)