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Stephen Hawking joins
academic boycott of Israel

Guardian (U.K.), by Harriet Sherwood and Matthew Kalman

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Posted By:Drive, 7/14/2014 8:28:19 AM

Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel´s treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president´s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres´s 90th birthday. Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he

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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYBruin, 7/14/2014 8:36:00 AM     (No. 9923395)

He can attend the next academic conference in Gaza instead!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ronnietheK, 7/14/2014 8:38:05 AM     (No. 9923398)

Hawking--drop dead.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 7/14/2014 8:39:55 AM     (No. 9923405)

"...Hawking joins a small but growing list of British personalities who have turned down invitations to visit Israel, including Elvis Costello, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Annie Lennox and Mike Leigh..." What a group to be associated with, Stevie. Intellectual geniuses all. s/o

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chance_232, 7/14/2014 8:48:01 AM     (No. 9923421)

Really smart people are really smart at what they do. However, they tend to be complete idiots when dealing with issues not in their expertise. He may be a mathematical genius, but I wouldnt trust him to change the oil in my car. (well....direct someone on changing the oil in my car)


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 7/14/2014 8:50:22 AM     (No. 9923428)

I wonder who invented/made the device he uses to move and communicate? Or who makes all the medicines he takes? I´m from MA and I asked my pharmacist where my prescription medicines are made and he said....Israel.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/14/2014 8:52:40 AM     (No. 9923432)

Frankly, I believe Stephen Hawking is wrong about so many things. I know I am no genius but at least I can see and understand history and the ongoing assault by the Palestinians on a sovereign country.

Hawking´s thinking can be easily explained. So many people have told him he is a genius, that he believes it. I´ll go with a book he totally discounts that says a fool in his heart has said there is no God. There will be the ultimate final exam on that question one day too. I believe a lot of other non-genius types will ace it. Can´t say the same for Hawking and his ilk.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kayworthy, 7/14/2014 8:53:48 AM     (No. 9923436)

Last year Hawking was on a Science Channel TV special, where at the end he declared there is no God. Here he makes a compelling argument about how unschooled he is about the complexity of the Middle East.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: misterdickens, 7/14/2014 9:01:32 AM     (No. 9923455)

When "the world" annoints genuieses, they forget to factor in common sense.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Grady, 7/14/2014 9:04:19 AM     (No. 9923459)

How brave. He´s going to boycott strip clubs in Israel.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ho72, 7/14/2014 9:10:27 AM     (No. 9923473)

Another propeller-head, spouting gibberish. Many years ago the Chicago Tribune had a great article about how the world was being destroyed by "Experts". It contained numerous examples of highly-educated people who had made pronouncements that were, in many cases, 100% wrong.

Mr. Hawking has apperntly joined the club.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rinohunter, 7/14/2014 9:11:38 AM     (No. 9923477)

What an init! I´m glad that I never bought into his outlandish "theories" or unintelligible books. I have a few theories of my own. How do I get someone to appoint me "genius"? I can get a wheel chair!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/14/2014 9:24:31 AM     (No. 9923494)

If you read the article - - Hawkings DID NOT SAY that he was backing the boycott. He only said that he would not be able to attend.

Some leftist "spokesman" brought up the boycott.

Look for a correction from the professor - - I hope.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/14/2014 9:26:36 AM     (No. 9923501)

Israel has done nothing to the Palestinians but prosper, become successful, and provide them with water, utilities, and jobs. The Palestinians have repaid mankind with murder, theft, and hatred. This is been a long argument in which Israel has forever shown restraint. It is time to settle, push to unconditional surrender.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 7/14/2014 9:31:13 AM     (No. 9923508)

I guess he showed them!

The arrogance of the left. They are so caught up in their own celebrity, they think the entire world cares what they think. The make these boycott proclamations thinking national policies will change as a result.

I think Israel believes the survival of their nation is a bit more important than Hawking´s boycott. But, I could be wrong.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/14/2014 9:34:21 AM     (No. 9923516)

I´ve never been able to understand a word he says, and it´s apparent he can´t get to Jerusalem under his own power.

How do I know that´s not just his interpreter´s boycott?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 7/14/2014 9:36:17 AM     (No. 9923524)

What exactly does a
theoretical physicist do that´s of great benefit to what´s happening to the world right now? I have a theory that if Israel wipes the palestinians off the face of the earth, they´ll receive less rocket attacks on their people!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/14/2014 9:40:46 AM     (No. 9923534)

Hawkings thinks his extreme disability allows him to talk and act like a complete mush head.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: provide, 7/14/2014 9:41:50 AM     (No. 9923536)

He can sit on camera and play his pre-recorded statements. No one will know the difference.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 7/14/2014 10:03:17 AM     (No. 9923580)

Einstein would spit in his face!
Gaza is the biggest Black Hole in the Universe!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bridgepard, 7/14/2014 10:05:11 AM     (No. 9923583)

Thomas Sowell wrote a whole great big book about this: Intellectuals & Society

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Reply 21 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 7/14/2014 10:12:34 AM     (No. 9923595)

No surprise. This isn´t the first time he´s pulled this stunt.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/14/2014 10:13:06 AM     (No. 9923598)

Don´t hold your breath, #12. Hawking is under non-trivial pressure from colleagues worldwide, not just in the Cambridge fishbowl, who are strongly pro-"Palestinian" and even more adamantly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

Something about not rocking the boat you´re (stuck) in...

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Reply 23 - Posted by: wlazzell, 7/14/2014 10:16:36 AM     (No. 9923605)

Who cares??

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/14/2014 10:18:08 AM     (No. 9923612)

#16 say What exactly does a theoretical physicist do ...

It seems to me they sit around and think up stuff ... play games of what if ....

Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and teaches at CCNY. He´s on Science and History channels all the time. He has some YouTube videos also.

He makes physics accessible for us non-science types. I do like to watch/listen to him and sometimes disagree with his theoretical conclusions - particularly what´s on the other side of a black hole. But ... everything I know about black holes and anti-matter and dark matter I learned from Michio.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Really?, 7/14/2014 10:46:25 AM     (No. 9923670)

Solomon was known to be wise beyond question. One story supporting his wisdom was his use of a situation involving two mothers both claiming a child as their own. Solomon determined the real mother by subjecting them to a test and it is accepted that he was right.

My test for Israel rests on the fact that for years they have had the ability to obliterate the Palistinians but have not. I´m perfectly willing to be wrong, but this tells me who is truly willing to seek peace.

If Israel were the "war monger" the conflict would be over, and the Palistinians would be extinct.

Is this conclusive ? I suppose not, but tell me what evidence you have that Palistine has held back and sought peace ?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: jimmiet, 7/14/2014 10:48:50 AM     (No. 9923676)

There must be something to the rumor that the Islamic invasion of Europe has the elites thinking if they side with them they will be safer.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/14/2014 10:53:22 AM     (No. 9923685)

With any luck, he´ll soon join Carl Sagen in the abyss he so fervently believes is the source of the universe.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: NYbob, 7/14/2014 11:10:31 AM     (No. 9923713)

As #12 said be careful about misleading of slanted articles. No fan of Hawking for many reasons, but the Guardian, like most media, could be pushing this in the direction they want.

Many don´t care because this current world makes one want to vent anytime they can, but most times it is the MEDIA that is the root cause of every problem because they either create it, cover it up, or ignore the solution.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Echohawk, 7/14/2014 11:12:03 AM     (No. 9923715)

Steve--consider yourself boycotted. I will no longer watch you on the Big Bang Theory.
This is a sad day for Howard Wolowitz.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: dman, 7/14/2014 11:17:33 AM     (No. 9923728)

"Intelligence" can be selective. Listen to Hawking regarding physics - disregard him on this.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 7/14/2014 11:21:46 AM     (No. 9923737)

Evil never sleeps.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: OhMy, 7/14/2014 11:34:12 AM     (No. 9923766)

Perhaps Hawking could go to Gaza and become a human shield at one of the Hamas rocket sites after they get their tap on the roof !

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Reply 33 - Posted by: dvc, 7/14/2014 4:09:37 PM     (No. 9924242)

Never have been convinced of Hawking´s alleged "brilliance". I think his novelty factor due to his disability is largely responsible for this media claim of his great thinking.

He was a particularly undistinguished physicist until he was in a wheel chair and suddenly was proclaimed a genius. Color me skeptical, but only a generation or two of science will tell whether he had real insight or just more gibberish via a computer interface.

Even if correct on string theory, his politic opinions have zero special value.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/14/2014 11:51:16 PM     (No. 9924737)

This article was dated May 7, 2013.

Sorry, too busy boycotting Mexico and praying for my friends in Israel.

BTW Every time I see this man I think of the story about his kinky sexual habits. Too much information.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: 4Justice, 7/15/2014 5:23:35 PM     (No. 9926100)

I don´t think he has actually communicated for real for many years. He has someone interpret what he is saying... They just roll him around like the celebrity prop that he is. He is NOT a genius by any means either. If he had never become sick, he would be a relative nobody.

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While our current secretary of state John Kerry is under fire for sarcastically joking about Israel’s “pinpoint operation” in Gaza, one former secretary of state echoed those sentiments during an appearance on CNN Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive into the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. “I do think the point has to be made, if rockets are being shot at Israel, that Israel does have a right to defend itself,” Albright said. “But the bottom line is the question of proportionality.” Blitzer singled out her use of the word

5 months off: Martha´s Vineyard break
will put Obama over 140 days on vacation

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 5:35:50 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama wraps up his 16-day summer break next month on Martha´s Vineyard, Mass., he will have taken all or part of 141 days of vacation, time split between summers on the island, winters in his native Hawaii and birthday weekends at his Chicago home. Obama has been criticized for taking costly and lengthy vacations, especially compared to the short trips most Americans take. The U.S. Travel Association told Secrets that the average American vacation lasts just 3.7 days. But his 141 days out of Washington are far less than the 378 former President George W. Bush took in

Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings
calls for end to ´public harassment´
of IRS chief John Koskinen

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/22/2014 7:09:03 AM     Post Reply
The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel is objecting to a plan to call the Internal Revenue Service commissioner to testify for a third time in a matter of weeks, calling it “public harassment of an agency head.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Monday to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., objecting to a decision to call Commissioner John Koskinen to testify at a hearing on Wednesday. It would be the third time Koskinen appeared before the panel in the past month, Cummings noted. “Requiring Commissioner Koskinen to testify again this week not only takes him away


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