Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

Another Place In Need of Donations (Tsunami-related)

Below is a snippet of a letter from Chabad of Thailand, whose staff are involved in finding Israelis and helping their families. My thanks to wonderful writer Naomi Ragen for bringing it to attention:

"As the only Jewish service agency in the country dealing with this catastrophe, our offices and staff in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Samui have put everything else aside, working 24/7 to assist those in need and comfort. I therefore turn to my colleagues for urgent help in funding our humanitarian efforts during the crisis."

Chabad of Thailand's response to the crisis was immediate and is growing daily. Donate here.

Articles of Interest

"Lessons of the Gaza Security Fence for the West Bank" by Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog
This is an excellent presentation/summation. You should really check it out.

Remember how Tariq Ramadan wanted to come to the US to accept a position to teach at Notre Dame? There is an excellent article at The American Thinker, which as an added bonus also includes plain-speak about Arafat. Check it out. Thanks to Daniel Pipes and his newsletter for pointing out this particular piece. By the way, while reading it, you will come across a link to Ramadan's article in the charming LA Times. Should you wish to tell the LA Times what you think of them publishing this article, send an email to: letters@latimes.com

8 Comments:

At 9:37 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

Nice of Naomi Ragen to speak positively about a Religious organzation...

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Hey, thanks for posting RW. (I enjoy your blog and your postings on Gindy's site!)

Really? So she's usually pretty bad about it?

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

She has some sharp articles about certain topics.Her books also show some bitterness- although she is a great writer and I admire her work.

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

I just noticed your post on Roman Wanderer about sitemeter. Let me know what you find. I use it and like it. But, there is one thing that has been bothering me. The site meter keeps count everytime a page is clicked on. But, because these are blogs, many people just go to the first page and just scroll down. Therefore, it just shows up as someone visited and that have been there for 0 seconds. Obviously this is impossible. That is the only complaint I have. The stat options it offers are pretty good. It is also used by a lot of major sites. But, since it is free you should get some kind of counter. The other two things worth having are technorati and blogrolling.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks Roman Wanderer. That's good to know. Wasn't sure from your first comment if you were not fond of Naomi.

Hey Gindy. I ended up taking RW's advice and checked out the bloggerforum. They suggested using Statcounter. I looked at them and liked what I saw. I'm using the invisible counter. They have the following to say about the issue you mention:

"If you only install the StatCounter code on one page of your website and your visitors never reload that one page. Then your visit length will always be less than 5 seconds! It is highly recommended to install the same code on all pages of your website you want to track."

But we're not going to do it on comment pages, so not sure how to solve this issue. Other stats they give are:

Summary
Popular Pages
Entry Pages
Exit Pages
Came From
Keyword Analysis
Visitor Paths
Returning Visits
Recent Pageload Activity
Recent Visitor Activity
Country/State/City/ISP
Browser
System Stats

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I will have to look into that. I was curious what you find. Thanks.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

I checked statcounter just now, and it looks much better than sitemeter.I'll probably switch.

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Esther said...

That's awesome, RW. It's thanks to you I even found it!

 

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