Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Podcast on Israel, Blog Carnivals

Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Ayalon, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Ayalon currently resides in Washington, D.C. He discusses Palestinian politics, Iranian nukes, American perceptions of Israel and Sharon Stone's recent visit. Ms. Stone's new Middle East peace plan? "I will kiss just about anybody for peace in the Middle East". Yeah, Sharon, that will work. You can hear more about Ms. Stone's visit to Israel at www.Israellycool.
We also are talking to Brad Rubenstein, one of the founders of Blog Carnival (and my cousin)--a site that puts together a virtual cornucopia of blog carnivals. Want to know more about homeschooling, knitting, or cats? Blog Carnival will direct you to bloggers who are posting on the subject. If you are the host or organizer of a Carnival, a reader of Carnivals or just interested in Carnivals, listen to this important information.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the podcast URL for other podcast aggregators? I don't use iTunes because I don't have an iPod, I have a Creative Zen Xtra. It's podcast organizer/aggregator doesn't work because your other media files are also in enclosures and that's what gets downloaded instead of the MP3. Look at the source code of this latest podcase and you will see what I mean.

1:24 AM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger Mercurior said...

all you need to do it right click, save as then you can convert it over using goldwave or some program like that. i dont have an i pod, or anything like that. so i could be talking hot air

5:17 AM, March 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I want an URL that I can use to subscribe to this podcast in a podcast aggregator, namely ZENcast Organizer. The iTunes URL is not recognized. I KNOW I could just Right-click and Save. I am not stupid. I want it to go through ZENcast so it is automatically updated and synchronized.

7:05 AM, March 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The podcast-only RSS feed is here:

Is that what you're looking for?

You can also subscribe via Yahoo! or Podcast Alley.

7:57 AM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger Pat said...

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11:52 AM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger Pat said...

No, the podcast-only feed has bugs that prevent it from working in some non-iTunes aggregators. For example, I use Doppler Radio, and the feed doesn't work with it.

The Feed Validator ( identifies some specific errors that it says "may cause problems for some users." Fixing those problems is probably the best place to start. And thank you -- we do appreciate that this podcast is free.

11:53 AM, March 23, 2006  
Blogger Greg Kuperberg said...

Is Sharon Stone related to Ariel Sharon?

Okay, that was a side question. Daniel Ayalon makes the important point that while elections can open the door to rational constitutional government, they can also can also open a door to hell if terrorists (like Hamas) or despots (like Milosevic) happen to win them. This is a very important point that has also been emphasized by General William Odom, among others.

On that note, Glenn said a few a days ago that "the United States could have done more to dissuade Iran and Syria from interfering" in Iraq. This is especially true of Iran and it is also in keeping with Ayalon's point. So, a modest proposal: In order to limit Iranian interference in Iraq, the United States should overthrow the Iraqi government. It is dominated by pro-Iranian and pro-terrorism elements. Ayatollah Sistani, who has great unofficial influence, is Iranian. Muqtada al-Sadr attacked US forces in 2004, assassinated or threatened key rivals, and speaks with an Iranian accent (according to several Iraqi bloggers); he also has 35 seats in the Iraqi parliament. Prime Minister Jaafari is from the Dawa party, which was the terrorist group that bombed the US and French embassies in Kuwait in the 1980s and played a role in the Iran-Contra scandal. The name of Dawa's rival Shiite party, the "Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq", speaks for itself; this party is also Iran-sponsored.

Well, I hope that no one takes this modest proposal seriously. The truth is that even though the Iraqi government is pro-Iranian and pro-terrorism (at least if it's the Shiite kind), it is also the best of several bad options for the United States in Iraq. But it does mean that if the United States ever attacks Iran, the Iraqi government will take the Iranian side.

2:32 PM, March 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kuperberg -- seldom knowledgeable, but always confident.

An Iran/Iraq alliance is enormously unlikely. There is much bad feeling over Iranian support for the insurgency and for that matter over the Iran/Iraq war.

When the U.S. has Iraqi troops ready to support an invasion of Iran, probably about this time next year, you'll see quite the opposite of what you're predicting.

2:40 PM, March 23, 2006  
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