“Where is the media outrage over this? If the player were black and people used the n-word, all hell would break loose. But because he's Jewish, the media ignores it - their silence is deafening.”
Randy Creasman on Aug 23, 2013 at 10:38:31
“Doesn't this then prove to those ignorant people that Jews do not control the media?”
Elsinor on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:09:32
“Because it represents the anonymous rants of a tiny percentage of the population. If the media covered all the outrageous and offensive anonymous tweets blog postings, etc. that is all they would be doing 24/7. How many offensive tweets are out there regarding Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman, Al Sharpton, et al? I am guessing quite a few.”
“The only thing missing in this global assessment of the Syrian reality is that Israel and the Jews haven't been blamed for it all. It must have been an oversight. This Syrian reality underscores some inconvenient truth - that Arab muslims don't just hate Jews, Christians, Ba'hai, Druze and others - they hate each other. Until there is recognition of that fact, there is admission of it and it is honestly addressed, situations like Syria will continue ad infinitum.”
“Unfortunately, this comment reflects the fundamental misconception of the conflict - it is NOT about the land. Israel has on 2 separate occasions offered serious peace deals which gave the Palestinians virtually all of the pre-1967 land with minor land swaps and included parts of Jerusalem and on both occasions, the proposals were summarily rejected. Until the Palestinians accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish State, all the land in the world won't resolve the issue. But once they do, resolution of the land issues will be readily achievable.”
ASG6679 on May 14, 2013 at 15:02:34
“Even after an agreement is reached the Palestinians will still reject Israel. As the Hamas charter states quite clearly, "From the [Jordan] River to the [Mediteranian] Sea,Palestine will be free."
And then once the Jews and Christians are ethnicly cleansed from the land, Sunnis will continue the fight against the Shia, then the Salfis vs the Wahhabis and so on and so on. They are a warmongering people, in the example of their prophet.”
hawkeye58 on May 14, 2013 at 14:14:57
“And what is it the Palestinians are supposed to swap? The land they have stolen illegally from Israel? It's always been about the land which Israel began stealing in 1948. (BTW the 1948 stolen land is what they will swap for the other stolen land) It's like a bank robber paying off his loan with the robbery proceeds. If it wasn't about the land there wouldn't be illegal settlements and the continued refusal to stop building them and taking more land.”
“Thanks for the additional data. I would argue that growth in deciles 4-8 were more or less identical within a fairly narrow range of +/- 4%. Generally in most types of polling, (I realize this is not polling data but presumably "hard" data) that's right around the standard of error. In general, there is not huge variation. I certainly don't disagree with the premise about a shrinking middle class but I always worry about how some of the metrics are expressed. If the absolute number of members of a class is small, only an additional small number could represent a huge percentage change. For example, if hypothetically the absolute number of members in the top 0.1% was 10, only 5 new members would be an increase of 50%. An increase of 50% in decile 5 (from 10.6% to 15.9%) would likely require a huge number of people in absolute terms. Big percentage changes on the margins require far smaller changes in absolute numbers. Anyway, thanks for the article and your quick reply to my inital comment.”
Nathan Lipson on Mar 7, 2013 at 18:21:02
“First, here is a link to a chart I prepared and contains all the data: http://cafe.themarker.com/thumbnails/t/286/402/5/file_0_b.jpg (I hope the comment editor software will show the link).
Actually, the data is much better than a poll or even a scientific-level sample – it's all of Israel's IRS data (both authors of the paper work for Israel's Finance Ministry, so they had full access to the data).
There is of course standard deviation, but as it is the whole population, it has no sampling error significance.
By the same token, the size of the top 0.1% may be small (the authors didn't provide the numbers), but I don't think it's that small. And in any case it's pretty much all the top earners.
Happy to provide all the data I have.”
“Since when do deciles 6, 7 and 8 represent the middle class? Maybe decildes 4, 5, 6 and 7 are middle class but certainly not 6,7 and 8. That middle class is skewed toward the upper middle class and leaves out a signfincat percentage at the lower end of a legitimate middle class. if that's how data was analyzed and is reported, it is inaccurate.”
gneissguy on Mar 7, 2013 at 17:34:38
“I get the feeling you don't like the results of the study --- must be a Netanyahu supporter!”
Nathan Lipson on Mar 7, 2013 at 16:35:20
“Thanks for the comment!
You could definitely use the deciles you suggested, but it wouldn't change much: the breakdown of the growth in deciles 4 through 8 is 11.7%, 10.7%, 9.6%, 10.3% and 13.1 %. The growth rate for the top 0.1% is 48.1%.”