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Welcome to the New Plato’s Everybody!

September 24, 2015 1:46 pm
Thanks cigary. It's how I see the road to the future - well, on a good day I do.
September 24, 2015 6:56 am
Hey I need someone to use the 'Contact' page for a test. Any volunteers?
September 24, 2015 7:03 am
This site is a one person operation. Using the flag helps me do the housecleaning of the comments a lot quicker in the morning.
September 24, 2015 12:57 pm
Okay - just wanting to ask everyone to extend me their patience for the next 48 hours or so while I tweak some stuff with my tech - there is a 10 hour time difference between myself and the tech so this can slow progress down a tad more than the norm. And please feel free to give me feedback while the tech is on hand for a couple more days. The aim after all is to give you guys a smooth and most pleasant experience. Thank you, merci, dunkashen, shukran, shalom!
September 24, 2015 7:38 am
Would be cool to let me know thru this comment section here if you do use the contact page for testing - makes it quicker for me to know what's happening. Thank you.
September 24, 2015 6:59 am
You'll also notice a little flag at bottom right of comment box. Please use it on bastard commentators and smearers.
September 24, 2015 7:42 am
Hey slothy! Thanks a million for testing my 'contact page' - it works!!! What a cool sport you are! Right! I'd better go do some reading and posting on the new newsssand now! Late start today - you'll have to excuse but I spent all morning working with the tech, doing final touches and tweaks, Stayyyyyyy tuned!

Is America ready for a Jewish president? The anti-Semitism facing Bernie Sanders – Matthew Rozsa/Salon.com

September 24, 2015 1:50 pm
The statistics are ffffffishy. But who cares the religion of a good man or woman?! I suspect the above article is part and parcel of another covert Sanders campaign. I say this because, yet again and after an absence of a couple of months, I'm getting the Bernie brigade come to Plato's to click only on 'Bernie' articles. Fake pumping up of internet statistics.

Mosque Opening in Moscow Attended by Putin, Abbas, Erdogan – AP

September 24, 2015 1:22 pm
Walid, the Daily Star/Lebanon is reporting over 717 dead in the stampede: More than 717 pilgrims die in stampede in worst hajj disaster in 25 years | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR Also,, here comes the blame game, Saudi style: MINA, Saudi Arabia: deadly stampede Thursday during the hajj, saying the tragedy would not have occurred if they "had followed instructions". Health Minister Khaled al-Falih was quoted by El-Ekhbariya television as saying "many pilgrims move without respecting the timetables" established by authorities, which was the "principal reason for this type of accident." "If the pilgrims had followed instructions, this type of accident could have been avoided." Saudi minister blames undisciplined pilgrims for hajj tragedy | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR
September 24, 2015 10:19 am
Oh man that is really sad and tragic news. R.I.P. Mecca pilgrims. But it's crazy that these deaths happen - the Saudis need to get their human traffic plans configured with safety above numbers in mind.
September 24, 2015 9:48 am
Hello Walid, Happy Eid to you and to your good family. You know, I was just talking to a moslem Lebanese journalist this morning who told me that Saudi Arabian money had nothing to do with the new Moscow mosque. He said that the Russian government payed for it as a form of positive soft power, a friendly gesture to its moslem population, a sort of a counter-terrorism PR tactic.