In Erdogan’s Post-Coup Turkey, Anti-Semitism is on the Rise

On a visit to Turkey in 2011, I visited the Belek “Garden of Tolerance,” where a diminutive mosque, church, and synagogue are housed close together in an emerald-green park, apparently a testament of Turkey’s acceptance of other faiths. Members of the Sufi Gülen movement had brought me there to highlight their own dedication to broad-mindedness, humanitarianism, and the well-being of other faith-based communities. It was a sweltering, humid day, and the AC had only been turned on in the mosque. Nevertheless, as an American Muslim I was impressed by the symbolism of inclusivity, too rare in many Muslim countries today, and in our increasingly polarized and intolerant world in general. At that moment, I felt immensely proud both of the idealistic Turkish Muslims who envisioned and built it, and of the complex faith of Islam, which inspired that beacon of verdant life and hope. The garden is a fertile manifestation of a strong commitment to interfaith dialogue, in which I profoundly share. This value motivated my own participation in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative in Jerusalem in 2015 and 2016, where I heard from a wide range of Jewish voices on their connections to Israel and diverse experiences of Judaism. A year ago, my half-Palestinian daughter married the grandson of an Auschwitz survivor, and my own beautiful first granddaughter, like the garden, also reflects the celebration of difference. At the garden’s inauguration ceremony in 2004, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised that he would “remove any remaining obstacles to religious freedom in Turkey,” and stated that Turkey would be “the guarantor of peace and brotherhood in its region.”

Unfortunately, that was a blatant lie.

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview with Barry Weissler

Creative Theatrical Producer Barry Weissler is, by any and all accounts, the O.G. of Broadway. Between him and Fran Weissler, his wife and partner of half a century, they have received seven TONY awards and have produced such masterpieces as Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles and more.

Save for a small stint in Mexico, against all odds, this Jersey boy wandered into a theatre over fifty years ago and never left. Talking to him recently reminded me that New York really is the place where fairy tales become reality. I met him in his office, which appropriately enough, is in the heart of the theatre district.

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Dave Eggers’ New Children’s Book

Dave Eggers (yes, that one) has just published a new children’s book about the Statue of Liberty. And it is a doozy.

Her Right Foot is a beautiful, oversized, lusciously-thick-paged hardcover with art by first-time picture book illustrator Shawn Harris. Harris mixes bright and bold India ink with deceptively kidlike and bold construction-paper collage; he and Eggers create an amusing, deadpan history of the Statue of Liberty that winds up being sneakily touching. Her Right Foot has the recursive, self-aware, literary quality of Eggers’s adult work, without being annoying (or worse, pretending to be a book for kids while actually being aimed at arch, too-cool-for-school grownups)…and Harris’s art gives Eggers’s text a huge boost, finding the perfect balance between striking + stark and detailed + funny.

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Why don’t we have artificial gravity in space? (Synopsis)

“Designing a station with artificial gravity would undoubtedly be a daunting task. Space agencies would have to re-examine many reliable technologies under the light of the new forces these tools would have to endure. Space flight would have to take several steps back before moving forward again.” -Andy Weir

Ever wonder, in those science fiction shows, how space travelers always stay “down” on their starship? Irrespective of acceleration, and despite the fact that the astronauts we have in orbit around Earth are weightless, they’re always depicted as having a floor and a ceiling that are well-defined, and always find themselves on the floor. This is physically impossible given the laws of physics as we know them today, but one small discovery could suddenly render artificial gravity possible.

This launch of the space shuttle Columbia in 1992 shows that acceleration isn’t just instantaneous for a rocket, but occurs over a long period of time spanning many minutes. For a starship, versus a rocket, the acceleration would be many times greater, even if sustained, than a human body could withstand. Image credit: NASA.

We’ve measured the inertial mass of every particle and antiparticle we know of, and everything has positive mass/energy to it. But gravitational mass has only been measured for the particles, never for the antiparticles. There’s currently an experiment underway, the ALPHA experiment at CERN, whose goal is to measure which way antiparticles fall in a gravitational field. If they fall “down,” then they’re not the solution to artificial gravity. But if they fall “up,” this fictional technology could suddenly become real.

The possibility of having artificial gravity is tantalizing, but it is predicated on the existence of negative gravitational mass. Antimatter may be that mass, but we don’t yet know, experimentally. Image credit: Rolf Landua / CERN.

We presently don’t have artificial gravity in space because there’s no such thing as a negative gravitational mass. But if we get an experimental surprise, all of that could change overnight!

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The 2016 Winner of ‘The Voice’ Performs a Sultry Orchestral Cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

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Siberian Husky Puppy Gets an Unexpected Surprise When She Sits Directly on a Water Fountain

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Remarkable Photos of Museum Visitors Whose Outfits Match the Art They’re Viewing

Photographer Stefan Draschan has created “People Matching Artworks“, a remarkable photo series that captures museum visitors wearing outfits that match and/or coordinate with the art they are viewing. This type of series requires a great deal of patience, however being that Draschan shot two other series, “People Sleeping in Museums” and “The Three Graces“, within the museum walls, it appears he made the most of his time.

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An Amusing List of the Wonderfully Silly Things Many Cat People Do For Their Beloved Felines

Chris Poole, the affable human to the feline duo Cole and Marmalade, put together a list of the wonderfully silly things that ailurophiles do for their beloved felines such as retrieving a favorite yet unwanted toy, easily giving in to anything because of cuteness, dancing in front of cats and even asking a cat for advice. Poole also recruited Cole and Marm to help him act out the all the things on his list

Cat servants and life with cats… can YOU relate? 🙂

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Jim Carrey Opens Up About Playing Andy Kaufman in a Netflix Special About ‘Man On the Moon’

For the Netflix special Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, comedian, artist and actor Jim Carrey opens up about his profound experience of portraying the late Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film Man on the Moon, particularly how he so embodied Kaufman’s enigmatic character that he wasn’t sure who he was after the film was done. This special, which begins airing on November 17, 2017, combines classic footage of both Kaufman and Carrey along with interviews from those involved with the film.

Andy Kaufman cared less about making his audience laugh than keeping them confused. In my mind when I heard I had the part I was looking at the ocean and that’s the moment when Andy came back to make his movie. What happened after was out of my control…when the movie was over I couldn’t remember who I was anymore. So you step through the door not knowing what’s on the other side. What’s on the other side is everything.

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Kike Hernandez blasts a third HR as Dodgers continue to roll

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 14: Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Enrique Hernandez (14) celebrates with Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) after hitting a pinch hit home run during the eighth inning of the Major League Baseball Interleague game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians on June 14, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

When trying to lift your team to the World Series for the first time in 29 years, belting three home runs in the potential clinching Game 5 of the NLCS is a pretty good way to go about it.

That’s what Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Enrique Hernandez has done so far tonight. Hernandez has a solo shot, a grand slam and a two-run blast to help put Los Angeles ahead of the Cubs 11-1 in the ninth.

Seven RBIs in what is probably the biggest game of your career to date? Not to shabby.

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