A Few Bullet Points from the Arctic

I was chased out of my house this morning because the electric company cut the electricity in my neighborhood for maintenance. No worries, I thought: I scooped up my laptop and went off to a local coffee shop.

Unfortunately, I forgot Rule 1 of working on wireless at a local coffee shop in Israel, especially in July: bring a parka. They are keeping the place the temperature of a meat freezer and I can no longer feel my fingers.

Concerns about hypothermia have fatally compromised my ability to construct a worthy post, I’m afraid. So today I’ll provide you with some bullets, a la The Transom or Instapundit, in lieu of a full story.

— Now that they’ve turned their backs on Assad, lost a fortune in Iranian funding, and watched Morsi’s government fall, Hamas is on the ropes. The PLO (remember them?) is advising Hamas to “reflect” and “reassess its position.” The twist in Egypt’s fate has seriously destabilized Hamas, which is good news for Israel. 

— The pace of Lebanon’s descent back into civil war is accelerating. The start of Ramadan was marked by a car bomb in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Bir al-Abed, which is in the center of the Dahiyeh neighborhood of Beirut. Dahiyeh is the location of Hezbollah’s headquarters. Credit for the bomb was taken by a little-known Sunni group as vengeance for Hezbollah’s participation in Assad’s war against the Syrian Sunnis. Fifty-three people were injured by the blast, mostly women and kids out shopping before Ramadan. A major thorn in the side of Sheik Nasrallah and Hezbollah is Salafi cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assir, whom we have discussed before here (and here). Remember that name.

— In our recent conversation about fat as the new gay, there was some discussion in the comments section about the health benefits of cutting out wheat. I’ve been trying it for the past few days in the hope that it might have some beneficial effect on rosacea. Lo, this morning, what does Ben Domenech hit me with but the news that gluten intolerance might be psychosomatic. I’m going to pretend I didn’t read that and keep on going. Thoughts?