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Banner day for Little Rock, Ark., as city flies ‘no thanks’ message to Amazon over Seattle

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The group Love, Little Rock flew a banner over Seattle directing people to a website with its letter to Amazon. (Twitter Photo / @jeremypbeasley)

The city of Little Rock, Ark., has plenty of love, but none for Amazon.

A group called Love, Little Rock flew a banner over Seattle on Monday letting the tech giant know that it wasn’t interested in being one of the 238 places that submitted a proposal to be home to the company’s second headquarters.

“Hey Amazon. It’s not you. It’s us,” read the message towed behind a small plane, visible in photographs on social media. A website URL on the banner offered more clues about what was up at lovelittlerock.org.

Visitors to that site found a letter and video spelling out why Little Rock went from being “all over it” when it came to interest in lobbying for HQ2, to realizing “it would probably never work out between us.”

The letter called Amazon “smart, sexy, and frankly, incredibly rich” but said that it would be a “bummer” to concentrate a workforce of 50,000 people in the capital city, with its population of around 200,000.

“Our lack of traffic and ease of getting around would be totally wrecked, and we can’t sacrifice that for you,” the letter said.

The stunt makes no mention of the fact that Arkansas is home to Walmart — Amazon’s big competition when it comes to controlling America’s retail landscape. The New York Times wrote last month about how the nation’s largest private employer is doubling down on the state, and rebuilding its headquarters there.

Here’s the video and full letter:

Hey Amazon. We need to talk.

It’s not you, it’s us.

We know, we know, when you originally sent out your offer for cities to send in proposals for your future HQ2, we were all over it.

After all, you’re Amazon. You’re smart, sexy, and frankly, incredibly rich. And thanks to ourbooming business environmenttech-savvy workforce, diverse, creative culture and flourishing downtown, there are a lot of reasons why we’d be great together.

But when we started really thinking about what our future would look like, we realized it would probably never work out between us.

You want 50,000 employees for your new campus. We have a sizable, resourceful workforce, but if we were to concentrate them here, it would be a bummer. Our lack of traffic and ease of getting around would be totally wrecked, and we can’t sacrifice that for you.

You want on-site mass transit at HQ2. Here, there are many transit options that fit our city perfectly, and thanks to our compact urban footprint, many of our residents can easily get to the office on foot, on a bike or just by a quick drive. It would be cool if we could offer that, but we simply can’t do that just to make you happy.

Amazon, you’ve got so much going for you, and you’ll find what you’re looking for. But it’s just not us.

We’re happy knowing that many great companies find our natural good looks, coupled with our brains for business, irresistible.

If another expansion opportunity comes up and you’re ready to join the visionaries, dreamers, romantics and the idealists who know that bigger isn’t always better, give us a call. We would love to find a way to make “us” work out.

We wish you all the success in the world.

Love, Little Rock

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Hamas Tries, Fails to Smuggle Tactical Shooting Gloves into Gaza

Life in Hamas-governed Gaza is a festering hell, with 96 percent of the strip’s water reportedly unsafe to drink, most of its electrical infrastructure having collapsed, and more than 40 percent of its population unemployed. Addressing these issues, the terrorist organization has responded by using children as human shields, embezzling humanitarian aid funds, and stepping up its efforts to smuggle weapons and tactical aids into Gaza.

Yesterday, Israeli soldiers intercepted a shipment of thousands of tactical shooting gloves meant for Hamas. If this doesn’t seem like much of a big deal—gloves, after all, aren’t guns—consider the story’s larger implications. The shipment was concealed inside a truck containing goods approved by Israel, which means that rather than protecting itself to the best of its ability against a belligerent and murderous foe committed to its destruction, the Jewish state still allows—at a considerable risk and at a significant cost—for necessary supplies to find their way into Gaza, a gesture that Hamas’s neighbors to the south, Egypt, aren’t too keen on replicating. Any organization even remotely interested in governing would’ve embraced Israel’s leniency, making sure it maximized the number of essentials needed to secure the health and safety of its citizens. Hamas, however, has no interest in any goal other than the continuation of its war on Israel, which is why the group is stepping up its smuggling efforts. Last year, according to Israel’s Ministry of Defense, Hamas attempted to smuggle contraband into Gaza 1,226 times, a 165 percent increase over the previous year. The contraband included drones, scuba diving gear, as well as ball bearings popular in improvised explosive devices.

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As Bar Refaeli Gives Birth to Second Daughter, Israelis Ask: Is She a Feminist Icon or a Shanda?

This may come as a bit of a shock to readers of this magazine, but, in Israel, many things are controversial, including things that really shouldn’t be. Like supermodels and their life choices: The newest social media derecho involves one Bar Refaeli, who this weekend gave birth to her second daughter, Elle.

What makes Refaeli, second only to Gal Gadot as an avatar of national pride, so contentious? To understand that, you’d do well to look back to a photo she posted on Instagram last summer. It features a glass of white wine next to a bottle of Similac, with the caption “hers and hers,” meaning that the libation was intended for Refaeli herself and the formula for her first daughter, Liv.

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Tel Aviv to Chabad: Excuse Me, Are You Jewish? Now Get Out.

Being a Chabad emissary in Tel Aviv is hardly any easier than it is anywhere else. Sure, you don’t have to go around asking people if they’re Jewish, but you do have to contend with city hall asking if you’ve got a permit for those phylacteries: This past Friday, a Chabad rabbi doing his work at a booth in the city’s tony Ramat Aviv neighborhood was approached by a municipal inspector and warned that he lacked the proper license necessary to ask passersby if they’d like to put on a pair of tefillin.

This is the second case in a few weeks involving Chabad being singled out by unfriendly Israeli municipalities. In September, a Chabad rabbi in Herzliya was fined $209; the inspector who issued the fine wrote that the rabbi’s offense was “harassing people by asking them to put on tefillin.”

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Today on Jewcy: Alon Schwarz, one half of a brother directing team, discusses his film about two brothers meeting for the first time after seventy years.

The new documentary Aida’s Secrets comes from brothers Alon and Shaul Schwarz, who chronicled their uncle Izak’s search for the brother he never knew he had, featuring an emotional reunion between Israeli Izak, Canadian Shep, and their mother Aida, and the exploration of many unexpected developments and histories along the way. Jewcy sat down with Alon, who just arrived from Israel to promote the film.

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My Life on a Socialist Kibbutz in Brooklyn, and What I Learned There

I rarely mention one of the most important things I’ve done in my life. When it does come up, I do my best to quickly move on. The trouble is, most people don’t have a frame of reference for understanding it, and so it confuses some and annoys others. But every once in a while, someone gets interested and asks me to explain, and then I get confused. In many ways I just don’t have the language and the patience to untangle all the historical nuances that make this thing so important. The experience to which I am referring is the five years I spent living in a socialist commune.

Yet the more time that gets between me and the commune, the more I realize that my experience can help fill a gap in today’s social justice conversation. I’m referring here to a conflict between what activist groups and organizations aim to do, and how they go about doing it; a misalignment of aims and means that has torn some groups apart and made some organizations ultimately ineffectual. We can easily fill this gap by adopting structures—legal, financial, and facilitative—that reflect our values and visions, but sadly, most people don’t know enough about these structures to name them, let alone to enact them.

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Eagles LT Jason Peters carted off field

Fans cheer as Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters, second from bottom right, is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

One of the most enduring offensive linemen of this generation, Jason Peters could see his 14th season in danger of ending early.

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ stalwart left tackle was carted off the field during the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins. The 35-year-old blocker’s right leg was outfitted with an air cast, and numerous teammates came over in support of the ninth-year Eagle as the cart prepared to transport him to the locker room at Lincoln Financial Field.

He’s out for at least the remainder of the game, and given the nature of this sequence, probably longer than that.

Peters has been one of the best offensive linemen in Eagles history, making two All-Pro first teams and seven Pro Bowls while employed by the eastern Pennsylvania franchise. A former Buffalo Bills undrafted free agent-turned-standout, Peters came to Philadelphia via trade in 2009 and has built a case for the Hall of Fame.

The Eagles and Peters agreed to a one-year extension this summer as sort of a compromise since the left tackle was understandably unwilling to accept a pay cut, which the franchise reportedly approached him about doing earlier this year. Peters is under contract through the 2019 season, attached to base salaries of $7.75 million in each of the next two seasons.

Already at an age where there are few peers, Peters and the Eagles could be forced into discussions about his future in Philly. But for now, the team is weakened at left tackle.

The Eagles drafted All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson to eventually play left tackle, but they inserted swing backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai into Peters’ spot on the line.

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Players send out well wishes for Jason Peters following injury

Philadelphia Eagles players gather on the field as teammate Jason Peters is put on a cart and taken off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is a 14-year NFL veteran and it appears that his current season could be in jeopardy after being carted off the field during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins with a lower leg injury.

The remainder of the league sat at home watching, and many took to Twitter to send out support and well wishes for the injured O-lineman:

Eagles fans even chanted for Peters as he was being carted back to the locker room, having been surrounded by his teammates on the field before heading to the back.

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Carson Wentz takes big hit before tossing TD

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) gestures after scrambling for yardage against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has found his rhythm on Monday night against a weakened Washington secondary, hanging in the pocket long enough to complete this touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement during the third quarter.

Wentz is looking to keep his team in the top spot in the NFC, once again delivering an effort that not only puts him on the fringes of the MVP race, but makes him one of the top candidates to claim the award should he continue at this level.

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Coyote Peterson Builds a Mini Planet Earth Set to Feature a Very Rare and Beautiful Red Velvet Worm

Red Velvet Worm

While on location in Costa Rica, the adventurous Brave Wilderness host Coyote Peterson was back at the hotel when his camera crew came across a singular and beautiful red velvet worm. They brought this incredible creature back to Peterson, who excitedly built a miniature Planet Earth style set in order to feature exclusive footage of this rarely seen panarthropoda. Peterson added in an American imitation of Sir Richard Attenborough‘s narration before returning the worm back to where it was originally found.

Having the opportunity to be one of the first film crews to capture footage of this mysterious and rarely seen creature the crew hiked back to base camp to meet Coyote and film some true “planet earth” style macro shots on a mini set. Talk about a once in a lifetime find!

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