WTF: How I ended up in a Lesbian Sex Shop in Tel Aviv Without Realizing It

I’m still scratching my head as to how the hell this happened.

An old high school friend contacted me a few weeks ago telling me he’d be in Israel for a week. I met up with him today with my family and his at the Tel Aviv port to hang out and catch up, let our kids play in the parks there and go out to eat. He was staying at his cousin’s house and wanted to get his cousin a gift for hosting him for the week, so we went around the port mall to find a place that sells kitcheny sort of stuff.

We were walking around outside and Fry, my 5 month old son, is clearly hungry and needs to nurse, so we duck into this strange looking but nice post-modernish store so she can sit and nurse him. The style is nice but clearly weird, with all kinds of artsy kind of stuff hanging like a modern art museum. There is actually a small stand with glitzy kitchen-looking stuff, ceramic vegetable bakers or some such thing. So we go near those to see while the wife sits down to nurse. I start to notice that the staff are all women with short hair who are looking at us like we don’t belong here.

Here’s a picture of the place I found on Google Maps.

 

Lesbian Sex Shop in Tel Aviv
Lesbian Sex Shop in Tel Aviv

Then I look on one of the walls and see a sketch of four women with enormous breasts hanging down to the floor. I naturally pointed it out to my friend and we proceeded to crack up, reverting back to being in high school, and chalking the painting up to some post-modern taste or something like that.

Then we see a gift shop sort of thing at the end of the building, and walk in, trying to kill time while Fry is nursing. I didn’t spend more than 3 seconds in there, but I noticed a whole wall covered with very large purple and neon green dildos and other colors I didn’t care to remember, but they were all vivid and I’m color blind. At this point my friend and I were cracking up noticeably, thanking God that our kids are all too young to know what any of this stuff is. The staff of short-haired women begins to get annoyed at us, because we are clearly religious with very young children and in the wrong place for any time.

As I duck out of the gift shop, one of the staff asks me if I need help. I say, stifling laughter, “Sure, they’re looking for kitchen stuff, a house-warming gift or something,” pointing to my friend and his wife, who is by now feeling very awkward as well. The staff woman starts showing them the ceramic stuff, which we already saw, and I’m on the other side of the wall, across from where my wife is nursing the baby, the image of 20 dildos still stuck in my head.

Then I turn around and see two television screens on a loop of about 3-5 seconds, one showing someone’s butt shaking right against the screen in furious motion. The other is in a loop focusing on what looked like a covered male genital area. I still haven’t figured out how that fits into the whole lesbian thing. Maybe it’s a bisexual thing or they don’t discriminate, or they want to make the straights feel more comfortable.

I make eye contact with my wife, and she looks at the monitors, which were in front of her the whole time as she’s nursing the baby but she didn’t notice. Then she gets a really disturbed look on her face and we all decide to get the hell out of there, mid nurse. Fry is not happy.

When we get out, we notice that the name of the place is “Sisters Rule the World” or something to that effect. If you want to check it out, it’s at the north end of the Tel Aviv port, around number 26 I believe.

Strange, wacky place, Tel Aviv. But hey, I’m all for free markets, lesbian sex shops included.

Why I Gave ₪5,000 to the Feiglin Campaign and have ₪10,219 more to go

The purpose of this post is not to pontificate about how righteous I am. Neither is it to say that everyone should have my standards. I don’t expect that. The only purpose of this post is to spit in the face of Bituach Leumi, which is the Israeli version of Obamacare, and government welfare payments in general. Not the people who take them. Only the people that legislate them and give them out.

On June 27th, my wife, thank God, gave birth to a healthy boy. (For those interested, here’s a video of my Dvar Torah on his name, Efraim Avraham Farber. The short version is I named him Efraim because the tribe Efraim had the guts to lead the secession from the House of David in what started as a tax rebellion. And also because my favorite cartoon character is Phillip J. Fry from Futurama, who saves the planet from an army of invading brains. Avraham for my grandfather.)

Anyway, after Fry was born, my wife was forbidden by the State from working. At first I didn’t know that maternity leave was not optional. It is mandatory, ordered by the State. We were just going to forego the maternity leave payments because she works from home and there was no point in taking a break. And I have gone over here many times that we do not accept direct government stipends of any kind. I give our monthly child stipends away to Manhigut Yehudit, as well as the ₪1000 plus shekels we got after Fry was born. There is no way to avoid those payments unless we have a home birth and never register the baby’s birth, which is impossible.

Mandatory maternity leave in Israel goes like this: Bituach Leumi pays you, after you hand in a bunch of forms, for three months of your average salary of the previous three months. It’s one size fits all nonsense, especially for my wife. One of her jobs is teaching once a week at University of Haifa Bnei Brak, and there are no classes in July, August, or September, the months where she would be on paid maternity leave. But she’d get payment by Bituach Leumi for those months anyway because one size fits all.

She also edits a children’s magazine as well as puts together teacher’s guides. We were informed by the latter company that she could no longer legally be on the payroll. Problem being, the company cannot simply get someone else to edit the magazine because only she is familiar with the work and requirements. So what ended up happening is that she did the work anyway for free for those three months, because otherwise the entire enterprise would have been in danger and she could have had no job to come back to after three months.

As for the teacher’s guides, she offered to do them, but since it was illegal, they got someone else (those were easier to find replacements for), and then just let her go. So there goes that income forever, thanks to mandatory maternity leave that makes it unlawful for every woman in this country to be on anybody’s payroll.

There was an option for me to take “paternity leave” for 6 weeks to shorten the amount of mandatory maternity leave for my wife to 8 weeks, but since I am technically unemployed in Israel (I work for an American company remotely, and no I do not take unemployment), I could not take paternity leave even though I am home all the time anyway. So much for that.

We tried not to take the money and just ignore Bituach Leumi and bite the bullet, she having to work for nothing for 3 months by law, but then the company demanded she pay an insurance premium if she didn’t take the Bituach Leumi maternity money since that is what is required by law, for the advancement of women’s rights and such.

It would have cost us even more money out of pocket to ignore Bituach Leumi, so in the end we had to take the money so as not to pay the penalty for ignoring it.

So as of yesterday, we received ₪15,219 in taxpayer money to compensate for the fact that it is illegal for women to work 3 months after giving birth, no matter what their situation.

Since we do not accept a cent from Bituach Leumi, we decided to give it all away. ₪5,000 immediately went to the Moshe Feiglin election campaign. ₪219 went to a murder victim’s widow whose husband’s death the State tried to cover up as an accident. I would have given her the rest of the money, every shekel, but thankfully for her the State admitted her husband was murdered last week, so she’ll now be taken care of. I now have ₪10,000 left to give away, and I have a plan for it, which you will God willing be hearing about in the coming weeks and months.

I would like to reiterate that these standards are entirely my own, and I don’t expect anyone else to hold by my own stringencies. I don’t look down on people who accept tax money for whatever reason. Accepting tax money is not technically a libertarian crime, but it’s something I personally can’t do, to the extent that I can avoid it. I ask not to be tested by God in this regard, because if I actually needed it and my family was starving, I would probably fail the test and take the money. But thank God I don’t need it, and my not touching it will hopefully ensure that I never will.

In short, it’s not my righteousness that is pushing away ₪15,219 of tax money that came our way. It’s purely my loathing of the system that gave it to me and my way of seceding from that system and spitting in its face. Thankfully, I’m married to someone who is strong enough to live by my own standards.

May the ₪5,000 I gave to the Feiglin campaign be used to get rid of Bituach Leumi entirely, and misogynistic mandatory maternity leave laws in particular, laws that give women NO choice as to what they want to do after they give birth, and in many cases, as in my wife’s, force them to work for nothing for three months.

BASTARDS Karnei Shomron Taxes Residents RETROACTIVELY

I didn’t think I could be surprised by the AUDACITY of government officials. But this is REALLY something.

The bastard YIGAL LAHAV the mayor gangster around here has decided to tax all of us in Karnei Shomron RETROACTIVELY for the months January to October 2014 and he has the kindness of heart to allow us to pay it UP TO THREE INSTALMENTS.

Is this even LEGAL? Is there any lawyer out there who can step in and help us 7,300 people?

Any private person who DARED charge someone retroactively for services already rendered and paid for would be PUT IN PRISON.

What disgusting GALL.

Here’s the sick letter.

http://www.karneishomron.co.il/?CategoryID=430&ArticleID=1760

Chief Copper Danino Says Feiglin Should be Prohibited from Going to Temple Mount

In a fit stupidity, Yochanan Danino, the pudgy government bureaucrat charged with a monopoly on the security market, said today that Moshe Feiglin should not be allowed up to Har Habayit in the name of “maintaining the status quo”.

He added: אנחנו אומרים – תעזבו את הר הבית

“We say, forget the Temple Mount!”

I say, I wonder what Danino said at his wedding under the chuppah right before he broke the glass. It was probably something like:

Forget thee, Oh Jerusalem, and may my right hand wither!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I ever dare to remember you!

If I have the audacity to place Jerusalem at the peak of my happiness!

*SMASH*

Mazel Tov!

I can’t wait for this man to be fired when Moshe is elected Prime Minister. Then we will all forget thee, oh Yochanan Danino, bureaucrat.

Universal Rent Control Coming to Israel

Swedish lefty economist Assar Lindbeck once said back in 1972,

“In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city—except for bombing.”

Assar Lindbeck, The Political Economy of the New Left (New York: Harper and Row, 1972)

Well, rent control is coming to Israel. The price control frenzy will get worse and worse as the Bank of Israel keeps printing more and more money and the inflation seeps into the consumer sector. Tzipi Livni introduced this gem of a law, teaming up with Pretty Boy Yair Lapid. Those two are the dynamic duo of destruction it seems.

From Ynet:

שר האוצר, יאיר לפיד, ושרת המשפטים, ציפי לבני, הציגו היום (ה’) את הצעת החוק שלהם לפיקוח על שוק השכרת הדירות בישראל. על פי ההצעה, החל מתחילת השנה הבאה ועד סוף שנת 2019, תחול מגבלה על יכולתו של משכיר להעלות את שכר הדירה משנה לשנה. המשכיר יוכל לקבוע באופן חופשי את שכר דירה אחת לשלוש שנים ולאחר מכן להעלותו בשיעור העלייה של מדד המחירים לצרכן בלבד.

Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni presented their bill today for rent controls. According to the bill, starting at the beginning of next year until the end of 2019, landlords will be prohibited from raising their rents. A landlord can freely decide what rent he will charge once every three years, and after that he can only raise it in accordance with the consumer price index.

Before I tear this apart, a short little thing on the harmfulness of price controls in general. A price is set by supply and demand. The price point is the point at which the number of sellers for a good equals the number of buyers. It is not set by greed, nor by luck, nor by generosity. Rents do not go higher because suddenly human nature changes and landlords get greedier than they once were. Landlords do not raise rents because they get greedier. They raise rents because that’s the price that buyers are willing to pay. It’s what they can get. Rents go higher because the amount of buyers at a lower price are greater than the number of sellers at that price. So the price goes up in order to equal out the buyers and sellers.

That’s it.

If your goal is to bring rents down, you can do one of two things. Lower demand, or increase supply. In order to lower demand, you would either have to kill people, expel people, or else convince them that they don’t really want a place to live and they should go forage in the Jerusalem forest instead. You’d need a really good Zen public education system to get that done.

So really, the only thing that can be done to lower rents is to increase supply. But this is the ONLY THING that the Israeli government DOES NOT WANT TO DO. They love building freezes instead.

So in their genius, loathsome Lapid and Livni propose a rent control law. What this means is that now, by arbitrary decree, the price of housing could end up being lower, by law, than the market price. What will then happen is that the number of buyers will be greater than the number of sellers at that price, and you will end up with a shortage, meaning people willing to rent at that price but unable to do so because there is no more supply.

Or even worse, in the Bronx in the 1980’s, the rent that landlords were allowed by politicians to charge renters was lower than the taxes that the politicians insisted that the landlords pay THEM. As a result, guaranteed a loss if they rented out a place, they simply abandoned their buildings and entire neighborhoods were destroyed and turned into crack houses. The picture below is of rent-controlled Bronx circa 1980.

As for the technical stupidity of this law, to base rent on the CPI index is entirely circular. The CPI depends on housing rents.

The more effective this law is, meaning the wider the spread between the price allowed and the free market price for rents, the more devastating the consequences will be. If landlords are not allowed to raise prices for three years but allowed to ask whatever price they think they can get now, they won’t take a risk of renting it out for anything below what they think they would need 3 years from now to cover their costs and maintain a profit. In other words, this law will push up rents even faster to where they would be 3 years from now assuming constant price inflation.

Batten down the hatches guys, it’s gonna get rough. How rough could it get? See below for more 1980’s Bronx.

Bronx2