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 <p>
-Out of nowhere, a young Israeli boy whom hardly anyone knew about steps forward
-with a sling and a few pebbles. Goliath thinks this is ridiculous and ridicules
-him. However, the boy quickly puts a pebble in his sling, and after rotating
-it to achieve a very large velocity (not unusual with slings) hurls it with
-great accuracy (also not unusual, because shepherds in the Near East
-effectively used slings to kill lions and other predators to their flock)
+Out of nowhere, a young Israelite boy whom hardly anyone knew about steps
+forward with a sling and a few pebbles. Goliath thinks this is ridiculous and
+ridicules him. However, the boy quickly puts a pebble in his sling, and after
+rotating the sling to achieve a very large velocity (not unusual with slings)
+hurls it with great accuracy (also not unusual, because shepherds in the Near
+East effectively used slings to kill lions and other predators to their flock)
 into Goliath's face, which was uncovered to allow him to see. Even if Goliath's
 shield bearer wanted, he could not have lifted the huge shield in time, and
 Goliath was completely not agile in his suit and armor. The sling's rock
 “Mighty Klingon vampire warriors who have watched Sesame Street… this decade
 royally sucks!!”, but most of the best American warriors of the relatively
 recent past (of all kinds) have watched Sesame Street, because they loved
-it as happy children.
+it as happy children (and later as adults).
+</p>
+
+<h2>The New Alexandrias</h2>
+
+<p>
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria">Alexandria</a> used to
+be the “It city” of the Helenistic period. While inland cities like Jerusalem
+and Damascus had a good strategical position and were important religious
+centres, almost all the great philosophers lived and operated in Alexandria.
+Why Alexandria? Because it was a port city and close to the sea. It is well
+known that many of the peoples of the Near East lived by and loved the sea:
+the Greek, the Phoenicians (which the Israelites referred to as Cna'anites),
+etc. The Israelites (who are now the Jews) started as a kind of sub-culture
+and fashion among the Cna'anites (and Archaelogists witness a
+transition in Palestine and other parts of the Levant from the Cna'anite period
+to the Israelite period) but they later on were heavily influenced by
+both the Phoenician and the Greek, by culture, ideals and even by blood.
+Even in the Bible, the tribe of Dan is described as “setting sail to ships”.
+</p>
+
+<p>
+Today there are many Alexandrias: New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, San
+Fransisco, London, Barcelona, Rome, Rio-de-Janeiro, Hong Kong, Singapore,
+Shanghai - even (and for Israelis - especially) Tel Aviv.
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