The lowdown on topsoil: It's disappearing

Disappearing dirt rivals global warming as an environmental threat
By TOM PAULSON
The planet is getting skinned.
While many worry about the potential consequences of atmospheric
warming, a few experts are trying to call attention to another global
crisis quietly taking place under our feet.
– Sustainable farming not an easy sell
Call it the thin brown line. Dirt. On average, the planet is covered
with little more than 3 feet of topsoil — the shallow skin of
nutrient-rich matter that sustains most of our food and appears to play
a critical role in supporting life on Earth.
“We're losing more and more of it every day,” said David Montgomery, a
geologist at the University of Washington. “The estimate is that we are
now losing about 1 percent of our topsoil every year to erosion, most
of this caused by agriculture.”
“It's just crazy,” fumed John Aeschliman, a fifth-generation farmer who
grows wheat and other grains on the Palouse near the tiny town of
Almota, just west of Pullman.
“We're tearing up the soil and watching tons of it wash away every
year,” Aeschliman said. He's one of a growing number of farmers trying
to persuade others to adopt “no-till” …

Coincidence, or Message From G-d?

by Tamar Yonah
It seems like this is just too uncanny that these are all 'coincidences'.  On January 8, 2008 the day that President Bush left the USA for Israel in order to lay the framework for the establishment of a Palestinian State and the division of Jerusalem for its capital , a freak 'January' tornado swept through a city in Bush's own country.  The place hit was 'Jerusalem', Arkansas.  Coincidence? 
One church was totally destroyed in the tornado’s path.  The name of it was “Mt. Zion” Community Church.  Coincidence?                         Destroyed Church called, “Mt. Zion”
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One man was killed in the tornado.  He was a ‘Pope’ County resident.  His name, was Billy Carter.
On Sunday of last week, I read out a report about this 'freak tornado' which hit Jerusalem, Arkansas. (Tovia Singer spoke about the tornado on his show after mine, on Wednesday) I was emailed by a few people last week to write on the tornado, but I didn’t have time to do it until now.  So, let’s examine some interesting ‘coincidences’ here.
1)  A tornado in the month of JANUARY?
2)  This tornado hits a city …

Israel a 'Nazi apartheid regime'? Bible 'full of myths'?

By Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM – Israeli college professors who label their country a Nazi apartheid regime, teach that the Bible is full of myths, urge the downfall of the Jewish state, and speak at conventions calling for the boycott of Israel?
Universities in Jerusalem that give awards to academic papers complaining Jewish soldiers don't rape enough Arab women and encourage students to protest the antiterror policies of the Israeli military?
These trends are rampant across college campuses here, according to one website – Israel Academia Monitor – which has been documenting what it calls the anti-Israel, at times anti-Semitic behavior of the senior staff at major Israeli universities.
Some 20 to 25 percent of the humanities and social sciences staff in Israel's universities and colleges have “expressed extreme anti-Zionist positions,” according to Israel Academia Monitor.
“In addition [the university staff] have engaged in public demonstrations, prepared and signed petitions addressed to Israeli soldiers to disobey their commanders' orders and not serve in Judea and Samaria, and have been active in encouraging academic organizations abroad to boycott Israel Universities and academics,” states a new Monitor position paper made available online.
In one of hundreds of recent documented examples, Israel Academia Monitor's …

Sderot families weigh sending kids to US

Tovah Lazaroff
Fear of rockets falling keeps Sarit Ben-Hamo, 14, from sleeping at night in her Sderot home.
“Last night she woke up because she thought she heard a siren,” her father, Haim, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
“She is scared,” he said of his daughter, who for half of her life has lived in a city that has been under attack by Palestinian terrorists living across the border in Gaza.
Haim has lived in Sderot all his life and has no intention of leaving the city. But these days, he is weighing sending Sarit to the US as part of a new grassroots program called “Save Israel's Children.” It was created in the last month by a non-affiliated group of Jewish friends scattered from California to the East Coast.
According to Batya Katar, head of the Sderot Parents Association, some 150 parents from Sderot have already signed up for the program. Katar is helping field applications in Israel and is likely to fly to the US in advance of the children.
On the American side, news of the program has spread mostly by word of mouth, although it does also have a Web site. “A friend told a …

Tel Aviv getting younger

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
“We are speaking about record numbers, the likes of which have not been seen for the past two decades,” says a municipal education department spokeswoman
If you thought Tel Aviv was no place for children, think again. The city is in the midst of a baby boom, with almost twice as many two-year-olds as 10-year-olds now living in the city, reports the Hebrew weekly Yediot Tel Aviv. And the boom means that while 4,000 children are now in first grade at schools around the city, that number is expected to rise to 6,000 within the next four years, necessitating major adjustments in the city's education system.
According to the report, the image of Tel Aviv as a city with an aging population is entirely wrong, with hordes of young families forsaking comfortable villas in outlying cities and towns in order to live in small apartments in the city. Figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics and from the city's education department show that four years ago, 3,500 children were in the first grade in the city, and that this number rose by a steady average of 125 children per year to 4,000 in the current school year. …

New Israeli spy satellite sends Iran a message

By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent 
The pre-dawn launch Monday of a new reconnaissance satellite further establishes Israel as one of the world's superpowers in space, and grants it an important further intelligence advantage over its rivals.
The primary intelligence contribution of the TECSAR satellite, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, lies in improving capabilities of intelligence gathering and coverage over Iran.
Although planned several years ago and delayed a number of times of late, the launch sends anew a message to Iran that Israel continues to maintain its superiority in the field of intelligence in space. 
The message coincidentally accompanies last week's high-profile launch of an Israeli Jericho ballistic missile, also intended as a signal to the leaders of Iran.
The launch of an Israeli satellite atop an Indian missile from a launch site in India bears a number of additional advantages. First, it enables Israel to establish a new point of view in space, allowing it photographic angles which were unavailable in prior satellite launches.
The direction of the launch, from the east and opposite to the earth's rotation, allows Israel increased coverage of sites in Iran. TECSAR's optical capability is based on SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology and on …