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Close up of some of my desk, in a test image using my new Canon G9X Camera.
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The Likelyhood of Global War

It looks very bad right now for the Ukraine and this is the closest in my lifetime that the world is near global conflict. 20 years of failed pacifist foreign policy is pushing the planet to the brink - even to nuclear war, with hot spots in the Ukraine, China, Yemen, The South China Sea, Lebanon, Iran, Kurdistan, Pakistan, North Korea. The UN has been shown to be totally morally bankrupt and politically incompetent. Our inter-dependence without regard for political or moral consideration has proven to be our weak point and the world is now a powder keg as the West has preserved and strengthened genocidal despots all across the globe from China, Russia, and the Middle East. Events are overtaking us and spinning out of control. We are entering a very dark time and humanity itself is threatened at every turn, socially, economically and politically.

I would like to look back a year from now and see that I was mistaken about this, and that as the world comes into 2023 that it enters a safer and freer place where individual rights and peace reign about the world. But I see nothing in the present to cement that as a likely outcome from a society that is increasingly accepting of being under surveillance by government and private conglomerates, and truly ruthless tyrants who are willing to throw the dice and bet that through violence that they can fulfil their fantasies of global conquest and personal glory. That would include China, Iran, and Russia, but not only.

Entering Fall and Winter in Post-Pandemic COVID-19 Brooklyn

This is the private Domain of Ruben Safir. It is a nearly 25 year old compendium of living experience, family experience, story telling, and shared culture. I have six children (Talyah Leah, Shoshan Rivka, Dovid Shimon, Itka Shira, Aviva Rochel, and Schmuel-Lieb Eliezar), and 3 grandchildren. The site contains many thousands of photographs, images, a resource section of archived news articles, many of which have otherwise disappeared from the internet, and many kids pictures sprinkled throughout. Due to my personal interestest you will find here substantial information here on Brooklyn, Free Software, Linux, Jewish information, history, the fine arts, Israel, events, and more. Take a look at the site map menu for categories that I've added to most of these pages

Over the last few years, I've been slowly reorganizing this site according to the site map. In the process, I've done a lot of recent writing and trying to get more of the images into organized compartments and onto webpages. I hope you find some of this material useful.

I've recently been struggling, as a web designer, in finding a compromise between making pages cellphone/tablet compatable or making use of the full desktop screen. The problem, of course, is that people have moved away from desktops to the small devices. Truthfully that sucks.

Just as the technology for video and photography is finally reaching the capacity to produce truly analogue quality, even museum quality, images, video and sound, people are being stripped of the full experience, and jettisoned to the their tablets. That not only limits their experience, but also prevents them from owning their own data. Ideally, your desktop systems are running your home and offices, and your phone is just a satellite to your home and office servers. We have a situation where the tail is wagging the dog. Partly out of frustration, I have decided (actually starting with the post of that above image of my desk), to stop robbing viewers of the full depth of media which I can produce, and to expand image sizes and videos. Fuck it. Nobody visits anyway and google refuses to list my considerable writings in a strange form of censorship. So I think I will start to display images and videos at their most effective size for full desktop display. Anyway, I almost always have Easter egg images all about the site, so don't be afraid to click on things.

Basic Contact Information:

Everything here, at least what has been produced by me, has been written with VIM, and the graphics have been created with the GIMP and other Free Software. EMBPERL, modperl, Perl and Python are used for development. I try to keep all graphics as PNG or JPG files.


Site Map


  1. About Me
  2. Family
  3. Personal
  4. Jewish Topics
  5. Computing and Computing Education
  6. Free Software Politics and Advocacy
  7. Culture and Music
  8. Brooklyn
  9. Politics and Politicians
  10. Fishing
  11. Coin Collection: Mostly for historical purposes.
  12. Places
  13. Archives

Some political stupidity.

It seems this past couple of years has been a banner years for political newspeak. We are reaching a dangerous time for Democracy and Individual Freedom
There has been an effort of late to rehabilitate the image of David Dinkins. David Dinkins was an extemist and racist dispite his veneer of gentility. After the Crown Heights Riots he was quoted in the NY Times as saying:

''I found that out during the days immediately following Crown Heights, They said in effect to the Park Avenue Jews, 'You all have abandoned us.' That wasn't true, but that's what they said.''

This statement, quoted in the NY Times, has so many levels of deep racism and misconceptions that it is impossible to go through them on this webpage. But on the top the list is his idea that somehow the Jews who were attacked and in the violent riots by the Black community who lived in Crown Heights, Brownsville and East New York, somehow complained to coreligionists from "Park Avenue", because in Dinkins mind there is some kind of conspiracy there.

Did he really think that the people who live on Park Avenue could care less about Jews living in the ghetto of Crown Heights? If they did, we would have a much better city.

Secondly, what does that have to do with the fact that he created the race baiting environment that allowed for the riots in the first place, and then tied the hands of the police force when the riots started. And then left Bill de Blasio to handle the riots while he went to see the US Open

Barak Obama -
The "broader point we need to stay focused on," he added, "is what we have is a disaffected Sunni minority in the case of Iraq, a majority in the case of Syria, stretching from essentially Baghdad to Damascus. ... Unless we can give them a formula that speaks to the aspirations of that population, we are inevitably going to have problems. ...

...This President has been sniffing too much glue...
OK, more to the point, you have to have ignored 5,000 years of human history to believe any sort of capitulation can resolve the violent social and political upheaval of political Islam.

Obama again ..
"If people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress, and don't trust federal judges, to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here."

...where is Dan Quayle when you need him. It is the very premise of any sane political constitution and democratic body of law that first and foremost, you can not trust the government. Therefor government must be LIMITED and never trusted.

On Michael Bloomberg
"She noted that police made 4.4 million stops between 2004 and 2012, and frisked over 2 million people. "In 98.5% of the 2.3 million frisks, no weapon was found," she wrote"

Why does our mayor need to be told that he can not stop and frisk MILLIONS of people? He is gone now, but his replacement comes with his own troubles, starting with a fundamental lack of desire to pick up the trash. I feel like NYC is living on a yoyo, bouncing from one form of insanity to the next.

Now on to matters of interest

There are a lot of images buried in this webserver. I never thought of myself as a photographer, and I make no claim, but here we are. Starting with my Cannon AE-1 on film, until today, with my Cannon T3I rebel and my new G9X, I've managed to rack up thousands of images, and many of them are worth seeing, just for artistic purposes. I think I will start posting a few of them here, just to exhibit them and to give regular viewers something to enjoy from month to month.

  1. Photo Gallery October 2020
  2. Photo Gallery November 2020
  3. Photo Gallery December 2020
  4. Photo Gallery January 2021
  5. Photo Gallery April 2021
  6. Photo Gallery November 2021
  7. Photo Gallery May 2022
  8. Photo Gallery August 2022
  9. Photo Gallery November 2022
2007 Celebration of Bastile Day on Court Street in Brooklyn
One of Shoshan Rivka's great works of art!
5-13-1952 was the date of their marriage.. Esther and Al Wallace Grave Stone
My Grandmothers best print - Artist Yehudis Yelin
Commerative Coin - Cave of Chavel
Bartolo Colon - Mid Stride
Thanksgiving - 2012 - Pelican, Little Anthony, and Felix on the Marilyn Jean IV
The Dutch Reform Church on Flatbush and Church Avenue - 2012
Bordeaux Synagogue - 2009

Porgies in Hand
Fishing in Brooklyn

COVID019, Science and Public Policy

Horse Racing at Sheepshead Bay

Nechama Sussman letter of recomendation from Refuah Health Center in South Fallsburg. This is a very special girl.