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November 30, 2004

Delta can kiss my tailbone 

I hate Delta

I am back.

My flights sucked

Delta served me expired pretzels (twice)

Delta served me vegetarian pizza (not cheese, actual vegetarian) I think that is crap. Not giving me a choice and only serving a vegetarian dish to me is like giving a deaf person a wheel chair. Seriously how about I serve only kosher meals to Muslims or only hilal meals to Jews, HOW ABOUT BIG FAT STEAK TO VEGETARIANS. Don’t force me into your minority.

The CIA showed a recruiting commercial twice on my flight from Germany and once on my domestic flight.

The sound on all movies was messed up and the entertainment on Delta was the same on both flights and they where playing the same movies American airlines did on the way to Zurich.

Delta’s planes hat I have flown in are older and crappier than every other carrier I have flown on a similar or same route . Delta’s economy class seats are the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced. My tailbone is bruised every time I get off one of there flights.

Delta’s air is much dryer and stale.

I swear 50% of Delta’s stewardess’s are old, bitchy, over weight biter woman. I would really rather never fly Delta again; unfortunately I have the most frequent flyer mileage with them compared to my other five accounts.

My domestic flight was totally full up and I have never seen so many obese people on one flight. Honestly, not over weight, OBESE! Like extra seatbelts x2 to wrap around them. You know that is unsafe and maxes out the row weight limit. I am telling you, it’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. Obese people can not just buy one seat in economy, its unsafe, uncomfortable and just wrong.

I have been awake for over 24 hrs now. I need sleepease.

November 28, 2004

Emotional Stress  

I think that trauma and emotional stress has two major effects on me.

1. Memory loss, or at least a huge problem in recalling events with out someone reminding me.

2. Sleep, I love to sleep after traumatic experiences

November 27, 2004

Pakistan stops search for bin Laden in border area 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- After more than two years of battling remnants of al Qaeda and the Taliban, Pakistan's government announced late Friday it will end its military operation in the tense tribal region of South Waziristan.

Why my computer is my most successful relationship 

Top 20

Its always unemotionally there for me
It generates revenue
It enlightens me
It retains knowledge for me
It remembers everything for me
It only gives me issues once a year, max
It doesn’t bleed
It is multi functional
It can multi task like crazy
It doesn’t mind when I control it (in fact it needs me)
Its fast and accurate
It facilitates communication between me and the world
It brings me hours of joy everyday
It has very few if any expectations
It corrects me with out an attitude
I enjoy taking care of it
I buy it things it likes and works well with
I take it with me everywhere and its reliable no matter where I am, what I am doing or who I am with
It’s an investment that is worth the money and effort put into it
It makes me a better person

Now many would read this and think I have problems…. And I do, however do not interpret this list as qualities I need in a human relationship. That’s impossible. This list represents the fact that my computer fills more gaps in my life than any human being can or has. Not more important gaps, not more essential gaps, just MORE gaps across the board and does it reliably every time.

Did I mention that my computer never cries?

November 25, 2004

Congress being useful... wow, American diplomats are screwed now. 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Frustrated by deadbeat foreign diplomats, the U.S. Congress has voted to cut aid to their countries by about the sum they owe in unpaid parking tickets.
At the urging of New York lawmakers, Congress tucked the measure -- to cut aid to countries next year by 110 percent of the amount their diplomats owe in parking tickets and penalties -- into the huge $388 billion spending bill lawmakers approved over the weekend.
New York City, which houses the United Nations, would stand to recover about $195 million from about 200 countries, New York's senators said.



November 20, 2004

The bill would bring to $2.23 trillion the total borrowing increases Bush has needed in his four years in the White House -- more than all the debt the country accumulated from its founding through 1986.
CNN

November 18, 2004

Ireland is the best place to live in the world, according to a "quality of life" assessment by Economist magazine.  

'TOP TEN COUNTRIES'
1 Ireland
2 Switzerland
3 Norway
4 Luxembourg
5 Sweden
6 Australia
7 Iceland
8 Italy
9 Denmark
10 Spain

Ireland was followed by Switzerland, Norway and Luxembourg. All but one of the top 10 were European countries.

The USA languished in 13th, while Britain was 29th - the lowest of the pre-expansion EU nations.

Although European nations generally do well in the survey, the continent's major industrial powers of France, Germany and Britain finish 25th, 26th and 29th respectively.

The researchers said although the UK achieved high income per head, it had high levels of social and family breakdown.

The worst of the 111 countries to live in was considered to be Zimbabwe, "where things have gone from bad to worse under [President] Robert Mugabe".
BBC

Suffering in silence

Incidents of harassment and molestation are being reported at workplaces, public venues and universities from all over the country, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.


Sexual harassment is a problem in both villages and cities

Its figures show that this year between January and August, 175 women including 24 minors were gang raped and 225 were raped, of which 38 were minors.

Ten women were stripped naked publicly - a practice sometimes used to punish women considered to have brought shame on their communities.

These are the forms of extreme sexual abuse. Most cases of sexual harassment go unreported - but some figures suggest cases are increasing.

For example, in 2002, 12 women were stripped in public places - in 2003, the number rose to 40.

Combating the problem is difficult. Women don't want to discuss these issues. They prefer to suffer in silence.

Like the woman from NWFP, thrown out by her husband for protesting when he molested a relative, they fear that if they speak up, they will take the blame and lose face in society.

November 16, 2004

Suicide is Painless  

Informant attempts suicide at White House


Suicide suspected at WTC site


In the early days of my military experience there where times when it was obvious that the only way people would listen to you is if you killed yourself in a very public place with a very articulate letter sent to the media. I guess maybe that’s how these guys felt. Maybe someone should listen.




November 05, 2004

The following is a list of my Christmas demands….  

Updated as of 11 December 2004
I mean gift idea’s for you to buy me. I will update this list as we get closer to Christmas so feel free to come back to my blog and click on the Christmas demands link on the right.

1. Universal Auto/Air Power Adapter 120W DC

2. PQI Intelligent Stick 2.0 1 GB

3. Kensington - Wireless Presentation Remote

4. Optoma EzPro SXGA+ DDR DLP Digital Projector

5. DELETED DO NOT BUY!

6. Men's 5.11 Tactical Long Sleeve (Large) (Navy and/or Charcoal)

7. Men's 5.11 Tactical Pant (40-30) (Khaki)

8. Leatherman - Super Tool

9. Image Aspen 7-Person Spa

10. Daewoo DP42SM 42" Widescreen Flat Panel Plasma EDTV-Ready TV

11. Video Door Intercom System

12. Biometric Identification Doorlock

13. Keyless Entry Systemfor Home



This is one of the photos I have been meaning to put up for while. Its a lady with her goats in Pakistan.


This one is of a sign I like in the Islamabad Marriott hotel bathroom (the one that was bombed last week)



November 04, 2004

Pepsi & Coke pesticide 

For farmers in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh it is cheaper than pesticides and gets the job done just as well. The product? Pepsi or Coca-Cola.

Farmers in the Durg, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari districts of Chhattisgarh say they have successfully used Pepsi and Coke to protect their rice plantations against pests.
BBC

November 03, 2004

48% of my country is depressed today 

As Larry says, "It's over. Let it go." Jon is saying, "Don't complain - organize!" Although the previous post about the wacky voting system is interesting, it's unlikely that any sort of recount or technicality will change the fact that today, the people of the United States of America have voted for George Bush. It was close, but the Americans have chosen Bush. It's a sad day, but in a democracy, you get the politicians you deserve/vote for. This was their chance to change their leader and they have failed. For awhile, many of us thought that they had been conned into voting for Bush - that they didn't know he wanted to be a War President. Many people didn't equate the US policies with the people of America. We thought they had made a mistake. Now US policies = US Citizens. You Americans have my sympathies, but it's still your fault.
Joi Ito


Dearest World,
I am sorry about the whole American election thing. I would like to point out that our nation is split and over 48% of American voters worked very hard to keep this from happening.

Dearest America,
I hope you are prepared to loose more of your sons and daughters to this “war on terrorism” because today you solidified its existence for the foreseeable future. I am not saying it would have ended with Bush gone, but the truth is the extremist psycho’s that carry out these attacks on us, love Bush because he is an extremist psycho. Bush’s mere presence as the leader of our country causes most moderate Muslims who like America around the world to quietly side with Muslim extremists. Bush is the wrong choice; we will all see that with history’s memory. However many of us who still defend this nation actively, with the US armed forces, will loose our lives in this “war” and history will forget us.

Four years from now if our Rome is still intact we are going to have to go through a period of recovery both economically (thanks to the ridiculous spending of your president) and will have work unimaginable odds to try and regain any status of legitimacy in the international community.

I grieve for those innocent Americans and others who will be killed in the coming four years based on our votes lack of vision and laziness.

I serve at the pleasure of my country but in this case I must say I serve at the pleasure of those in the country who only made up 48% at the polls.

This system has got to change people and you can’t look to either party to make these changes we have failed because the system we are suppose to be in control of as a people is

1. In the control of those in power

2. A majority of the Americans who went to the polls yesterday have no world view out side of there own interests and are unprepared or equipped to be anything but a religiously self righteous mob.

Doesn’t anyone remember what our country needs?

November 01, 2004

The Penal Code classifies crimes into two categories: Misdemeanors, and Felonies.

Misdemeanors

10. Exposes his anus or other genitals in public and is reckless about whether another may be present who will be offended or alarmed by his act.

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