On international issues, Bush:~
- Praised Iraq’s National Assembly for approving on Thursday the country’s first democratically elected government, but declined to set a date for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Bush said he is pressing Iraq’s incoming prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, to keep hands off the Iraqi security force that the U.S. military is creating and training.
- Called North Korean leader Kim Jong Il “a dangerous person” and defended multination talks aimed at curbing his nuclear-weapon ambitions. The president said the missile defense system the United Stated is developing is part of his strategy for dealing with Kim.
- Expressed dismay with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. “We didn’t appreciate that,” he said, “But we made ourselves clear.” The two men are scheduled to meet in Moscow early next month.
- Stated that the United States, Britain, France and Germany all believe “we can’t trust the Iranians when it comes to enriching uranium.”
Tell me something I don't know. Please?
Image via Met Museum site
Do you remember the 21st night of september? Love was changing the minds of pretenders while chasing the clouds away. Our hearts were ringing, in the key that our souls were singing, as we danced in the night. Remember how the stars stole the night away. Ba de ya - say do you remember? Ba de ya - dancing in september. Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day.
Earth, Wind and Fire- September
Needless to say, I feel like caffeine is controlling my life. Come the weekend, if I don't get my lazy ass out of bed, into the kitchen, and put on a pot of coffee (even if I know I'll only be patient enough to gulp down half a cup), I'll be almost immediately crippled with a caffeine withdrawal headache. Crippled to the point of not being able to think, open my eyes, or function whatsoever. It's got a hold on me.
So what have I done to correct this horrible dependency that I've developed? Well, first off, about 4 months ago, I switched to drinking my coffee black. I figured, lose the sugar, lose the high and low. I've never really been into half and half, and normally any type of creamy substance makes me feel nothing short of icky. Whether it was a placebo affect, or my body really reacting, I did start feeling more awake and all together healthy.
Then, about 2 months ago, I discovered Irish Creme Creamer. On the mornings that I wasn't running late to work (few and far between) I would stop at 7-11 and get a 16ozer with enough Creamer to negate the whole "not adding sugar" factor. Ugh. But I think I've also gotten that under control now.
Recently I've started to drink tea. I don't know about anyone else, but I find that tea is just fine plain, with no added sweetener or milk. I also feel 20 times better knowing that it has less caffeine than coffee. And, oh, the variety!! My taste buds are amazed by the abundance of flavored tea there is amongst us. My favorites tend to be Green(duh), Earl Gray, Dejarling, and good old plain Lipton. I'm currently drinking: Lipton 100% Natural Tea with "150mg Protective Antioxidants." That makes me feel good.
I'm excited about my anticipated adventures in tea land. I think this could be the start of something good, fresh, and um...healthy(ier).
If anyone knows some good tea varieties, let me know!
Some interesting stuff to think about on Earth Day:
- Today is the 35th Earth Day, learn the history here, by the creator himself. Then read his update on Earth Day here. Sobering.
- The EPA has set up an Earth Day site, it has a question and answer section on how to show more respect for the planet.
- Sometimes I wish I was a teacher so I could do fun stuff like this.
- Go see Jeffrey Allen Price's artist in residence exhibit at the Islip Art Museum (carriage House). His use of recycled materials should inspire us all to be creative with trash. While you're there, go into the main building and check out the "The Nature of Things" show.
- KIC; Keep Islip (and any other town) Clean.
- Recycle (I mean really recycle, I know we all try, but we could all try a little harder)
- Get a hybrid car.
Liberals…Of course I'm a liberal.
Are wary of American arrogance and hypocrisy
Trace much of
today's anti-American hatred to previous US foreign policies.
political solutions are inherently superior to military solutions
the US is morally bound to intervene in humanitarian crises
Support international law, alliances, and agreements
Encourage US participation in the UN
Believe US economic policies must
help lift up the world's poor
Historical liberal: President Woodrow
Modern liberal: President Jimmy Carter
Now, I did have a gym membership in January, and I went every day for a couple weeks (before moving, and being too lazy to drive all the way to the gym). I lost about 5 pounds or more in those 2 weeks, so I'm pretty confident that I can lose 10 in 6 weeks. I'll be running on the treadmill, jumping rope, and doing pilates daily. I have a set of 8 pound weights, but they are way too heavy for me (I'm weak and out of shape), but I'll try to work up the strength and get them into my workout somehow. I'm also in the market for purchasing a bike. A road bike, and a stylish helmet, of course. If anyone has any good suggestions, please drop them in my comments box. Rock on.
According to the report, Nike audited 569 factories in 2003 and 2004 and found abuses it has previously identified. Monitors found cases of “abusive treatment” — either physical or verbal — in more than a quarter of its South Asian factories, and between 25 percent and 50 percent of the contract factories in the region restrict access to toilets and drinking water during the work day.
The monitors found that in more than half the South Asian factories, and in over 25 percent of factories overall, the normal course of business led to work hours in excess of 60 hours per week. In more than one-tenth of all the plants surveyed, refusal to work overtime led to a penalty of some kind, the report said.
Via: MSNBC News, via The Associated Press
Anywho. Buzztracker. Buzztracker is a site that utilizes software which locates and records the amount of news pertaining to any given city on the globe. It sums it up by displaying the top ten locations that are in any piece of Google News for that day, and conveniently adds the percentage of total news associated to that particular location. I think it's nifty, and pretty.
1) Up to 150 Pilgrims Drown in India
2) Historic Parallels as DeLay's Woes Deepen
Via: CS Monitor
3) U.S. Envoy to Sudan: World Watching Darfur
Via: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
4) Rumsfeld Warning to Iraq Leaders
Via: BBC News
I read the above stories in the numerical order I placed them in. Obviously.
If you could take back one thing you've said or done over the past week, what would it be?
No regrets? Then, if you could re-live the last week, what would you have done differently?
I would have went to Raed's concert last night, instead of fighting, endlessly, with David.
This guy takes Google maps new satallite feature to a new level of fun.
I can't stop looking at it and laughing hysterically. Ha.
First question to follow.
While waiting in line at the bank, oh, I'd say about 17-22 minutes ago, I witnessed something truly upsetting. Now, I know, standing in line at the bank is quite upsetting to begin with, but to top things off I happened to be staring out the window when I watched something horrific happen. No, not a car accident, and no, a baby bird did not fly directly into the glass (which is so dirty I'm sure that never a bird would have been so stupid). I watched helplessly as this heffer of a girl, dressed in a Big Lots vest and stretch pants, ripped open her new pack of Newports and threw the plastic coating on the sidewalk without a hint of care. She more like casually dropped it to her side, and never looked back. Gross. Now, if you know me well, I'm a pro at acting upon my convictions. There would have been quite a scene if I hadn't been next in line. It took every inch of self-control in my person to not run out of the bank and make the girl pick it up and throw it in the trash receptacle that she so happened was WALKING RIGHT PAST when this horrible act of environmental defacement took place. All I have to say is she's damn lucky I hate the bank as much as I do, or else I probably wouldn't have minded waiting in line all over again (after making an enormous scene, of course). In hind sight I wish I would have done something. Eh, I'm sure there will be other chances to flex my "give a hoot, don't pollute" muscles.
Big Five Test Results
|Extroversion (50%) medium which suggests you average somewhere in between being assertive and social and being withdrawn and solitary. |
Friendliness (92%) very high which suggests you are overly kind natured, trusting, and helpful at the expense too often of your own individual development (martyr complex).
Orderliness (59%) moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly organized, neat, structured and restrained at the expense too often of flexibility, variety, spontaneity, and fun.
Emotional Stability (47%) medium which suggests you average somewhere in between being calm and resilient and being anxious and reactive.
Openmindedness (76%) high which suggests you are very intellectual, curious, imaginative but possibly not very practical.
personality tests by similarminds.com
Between the doctor's appointment and my prescription I've spent $55.43 to get well. On top of that, while waiting for my prescription from the drug store, I racked up another $30.00 charge on stuff that I didn't exactly need, but would come in handy someday i.e. good smelling shampoo and every flavor chapstick you can think of. I'm a sucker for chapstick. On top of all this, I might not even get paid for today. Err.
Well, having slept the better half of my day away, I have now concluded that I should just get back into bed and sleep until tomorrow, 6am, when I need to rise and shine again. We'll see what happens.
Your Seduction Style: Ideal Lover
You seduce people by tapping into their dreams and desires.
And because of this sensitivity, you can be the ideal lover for anyone you seek.
You are a shapeshifter - bringing romance, adventure, spirituality to relationships.
It all depends on who your with, and what their vision of a perfect relationship is.
perhaps i can account for my happy morning by reflecting on my happy night. i had a wonderful night (aside from the attempt at being civil with my ex, only to end things on a bitter, bitter, sour, nasty note--as per usual). I went up to good ole stony brook to see the movie "Sideways" which was playing at the Staller Centre. I got to campus way early, so i tried to meet up with raed ahead of schedule. unfortunately i was greeted with his voicemail. to sum it all up, the rest of the night went like this: found a parking space in the loop where i racked up $500+ in parking tickets over my 3 years as an art student, called olesya, was invited to olesya's house, went to her house, chatted it up, stole her away from her man, went back to campus, met up with raed (who snuck us into the movie for FREE), watched the film, laughed a little, frowned a little, came away feeling strangely satisfied, headed to the university cafe, met up an old friend (claudio), chit-chatted for a few, dropped off olesya, taught raed how to pump gas in the rain, dropped off raed, drove home in the, at times, pouring rain while successfully avoiding falling asleep behind the wheel, put my pj's on, crawled into bed, read a little vonnegut, crashed at around 1 am. good times, with good people. i've really been enjoying Raed and Olesya lately, i wish i had enjoyed them more while i was in school. they are both very interesting people.
this morning i was driving behind one of those people who put a shit-load of stuffed animals in the back window of their car. what is that? can someone explain this to me? crap. i find it to be the least visually stimulating thing i can desire to see at 7am. it makes me want to vomit. good thing i was in a bopping good mood courtesy of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's and the Talking Heads. Early morning mixed cds are the way to get to work.