Occasional News and comments on the situation in Post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi-American living in Texas
Heard this news while visiing the Royal Observatory in Greenwich today.
His successor has six wheels and a single robotic arm.lol! Sad, but true. But what experiences he had! :)
Zeyad,Writer's block? Writer's block?! Here I was imagining all sorts of horrible things and you just ran out of steam? Well, you could have just said something!*frowns at Zeyad reproachfully*Maybe just ask for ideas?
I see Fareed Zakaria is back. I can't imagine why on earth CNN would have suspended him anyway, the transgression was slight as far as I can tell, and he's one of the best they've got for shows. Today he had on Colin Powell who is an intelligent, knowledgable, and interesting speaker. As well as Robert Caro who has written so much on Lyndon Johnson. Makes me want to go out and buy that series of books. Sometimes it's the quiet ones who are far more interesing than the spectacular stars.
Here's a hint for you, Zeyad. I can understand why you have been missing the story, since it's been staring you in the face for over 30 years now. But it's really a story that only you can tell well. :)Or is that too obvious a riddle?Now I'm off to finish "Saudia Arabia Exposed". Great book, btw. I recommend it.
I happened upon this article and felt the need to share. There is a stark contrast between people like Neil Armstrong, and the men and women who worked so hard to achieve something greater than themselves, and those people who feel the need to destroy.Unlike true patriots or revolutionaries who struggle for something to benefit all people, I believe anarchists to be rather selfish people who seek only to destroy what others have built because they lack the courage to attempt to build something constructive themselves.
They sound a lot more like right wing extremists to me than 'anarchists'. And, seriously, how were four guys with plenty of weapons going to overthrow the government?
And, seriously, how were four guys with plenty of weapons going to overthrow the government?Nobody ever said they were smart. :)
Huh! Wake you up, did I?I was thinking you got into the school you were looking at getting into.
Thursday, 30 August 2012. Romney's big night. He's gonna promise to cut taxes, increase defense spending, and balance the federal budget. He's gonna make this promise tonight.
Sounds like a perfect night to curl up with a good book. ;)
No not really. I'm having trouble getting into any dental school which has made me consider switching to a dental hygienist job but it seems that's even more complicated (more tests and 2 years of school). I guess i'm just going to have to keep on trying year after year until the law of probability somehow decides to work in my favor.
Zeyad, LeeZeyad: "I'm having trouble getting into any dental school which has made me consider switching to a dental hygienist job"Lee: "Assuming for the sake of argument that our medical standards are enough higher to justify refusing to give full credit to your Iraqi dentist education, it still doesn't seem right that you can't get accepted at any dental schools. One would think you'd start with a leg up on their usual applicants."That'd be one area where I believe a lot of work needs to be done in my country: evaluating foreign national's educations and establish : #1 Are the qualifications enough to translate into the same (or higher) qualifications as a swedish education in that field? And if so there should be some documetation available to say that it is so the person can seek relevant jobs. #2 If not then finding out what's lacking and establishing a program for "upgrading" the education to meet our standards. It's a waste of talent to have an educated dentists, doctors, engineers or something similar working menial jobs not utilising their skill sets. It'd be good for both the individual and society as a whole if such people could be put to use in the profession they have a high education in. To me it seems like a win-win and I'm surprised it's not been more on the agenda, since it's a fairly safe issue to bring up politically - I can't really see anyone disagreeing and presenting a rational argument for disgreeing.
Lee: "The only firm promise I heard was energy independence (excepting for continued dependence on Canada and Mexico) by 2020"Well, that's a promise he just can't keep the way I see it. No way when it comes to oil.The US consumes about 19 MBD today. It produces 9 of those and imports 10 of them. Canada exports about 2 MBD and Mexico 1,5 MBD.Assuming that both Canada and Mexico were to export every single barrel only to the US that still leaves 6,5 MBD lacking.Suggesting that a combination of: reduced US consumption, increased US production and increased US imports from Canada and Mexico can make up for 6,5 MBD 8 years from now is so unrealistic it doesn't deserve to be taken seriously.
Hey Zeyad, my old pal from Iraq late 2003 - 2004 - I am so happy that you made it to USA, you worked so hard and you deserve the best ! wishing you a great life here in USA, please follow me on Twitter @DrAmir0078 and let us get in touch ! You Rock buddy !! So happy :)
[Marcus]: "Well, that's a promise he just can't keep the way I see it. No way when it comes to oil."Any more than Obama could keep his promises about clean coal. Presidential candidates can lie with impunity about energy because they can rely on the public to be even more ignorant than themselves on the issues.
I read briefly about the 12 million jobs. Did Romney give any explanation as to HOW he would prduce 12 million new jobs?
Pete: "Presidential candidates can lie with impunity about energy because they can rely on the public to be even more ignorant than themselves on the issues."It's a big problem that people are so ignorant about energy and that most prople don't understand what a huge issue energy policy actually is.Petrol is just something you put into your car at the gas station and the only thing that matters is the price (which is always too steep). Electricity is just there at the flick of a switch and will be forever. None of them will ever run out, but we wish politicans would make them cheaper.
Zeyad,I remember when I was going to school the one thing we learned was to be careful of where we went because credits didn't always transfer to other schools. Some people started at a 2 year community college and then transfered to a 4 year college because it was usually cheager to get the basics out of the way that way. So I can see where your credits from the Iraqi schools may not transfer. But I can't understand them not accepting you. That doesn't make sense to me. As Marcus said, it is a waste of talent. Dental hygenist may be a good option. Two years isn't that long in the scheme of things and it would get you a higher paying job to allow you to continue on. The link I left for you a while back about Dental Therapists is also an option. But I think that is a step above hygenist so would take longer, I'm guessing. You may want to look at it just to compare. I don't know if that career choice is offered in the schools down there, but you could call or check out the website for the school in Minnesota just to see what it would entail.Seriously, Ze, don't give up. Unless there is another career option you are interested in.
hmmm...I've stopped previewing because of the trouble with the verification words/numbers, so...cheager = cheaper :)
[PeteS] Presidential candidates can lie with impunity about energy because they can rely on the public to be even more ignorant than themselves on the issues.I think it can be safely assumed that this also holds true for other issues besides energy. Sad to say. *sigh*
[Lee] My guess was wrong, but then we knew that already from what Ryan said about Romney goin’ for the warm fuzzies tonight, which he did.I heard they also played the Clint Eastwood card. He's gotta be good for a few votes.
Lee: granted, there may be interest groups who do not favour tapping the education of foreigners, but then they IMO should be made to speak their case so they could be shown as self serving. Few are trying that though. Probably because those interest groups are better to have in your corner than educated immigrants or the general public which could benefit from educated immigrants doing educated work. I see the political angle now that you pointed it out. Seems cynical but I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
When I think of Clint Eastwood I don't generally think of warm fuzzies.lol! No, nor do I. I just meant they were covering all their bases.
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I find the onset of September the most depressing season of the year. It's exactly ten weeks since the solstice when there was more than a glimmer of sunlight in the sky all night long. The summer triangle of Vega, Deneb and Altair is looking less summery. It's rising earlier each night, chasing the sunset but never catching it because it too is getting earlier at its fastest pace of the year. Sunset goes back from 8.15pm on the first day of the month to 7pm on the last. I begrudge the lost two minutes every day. It's almost strange to see the sun setting in the west again, instead of far to the north. And even though the summer has been atrocious, the air is still noticeably chillier and feels decidedly autumnal. There is nothing to look forward to except October, when the slide toward winter becomes an unstoppable plummet, and sunset goes back earlier than 5pm. Brrrrrrrrrr!
Lynnette -- came across this interesting looking outfit in St. Cloud who seem to allow you to hedge your fuel purchases by buying future petrol at today's prices...http://firstfuelbank.com/
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PeteS,Beautifully written comment at 4:47. I envy your turn of phrase. :)Normally I would agree with your sentiment, but it's been so blasted hot this summer that I am enjoying the cooler nights, although not the shorter days.October is busy with everyone gearing up for Halloween. It's a big deal here. I admit to having an affinity for spirits and things that go bump in the night. :) I couldn't resist buying "Dracula" when I saw they had it at Costco. While I have seen various movie versions of it, I have never read the book. This time of year I get in the mood for the supernatural, I guess. lol! The fuel bank has been around for some time now, I believe. I remember talking to someone who did that. It worked out quite well for them. For a business that runs a lot of trucks it makes sense, if prices are rising.You might be interested in this:Revealing a supernova's secret partnerHow is the observatory coming along?
Lee,It sounds like that Clint Eastwood thing may have backfired on the Republicans. It appears some people aren't too thrilled with his...ummm...presentation. Although, seriously, who on earth bases their vote on whether or not an actor, or any celebrity for that matter, supports the candidate?
Hmmm...seems like we cross posted there. Strange coincidence that we picked the same subject.“As a performer, as a stand-up comedian for 30 years who knows how hard it is to get laughs, excuse me, he went up there … without a net, on a tightrope.Huh! Maybe I should have watched it. I've only seen bits and pieces.
Waves of Syrians flee to JordanDid no one see this coming? Seriously? When there was no serious deterrent to Assad's air force, what did they think he would do? Idiots. And they are still trying to talk to him. Do they never learn? You either want to stop him or you don't. Talking isn't going to do it.
Well, enough of this interlude for today, guys. I've got to get back to my laundry. :(
[Lynnette]: "...it's been so blasted hot this summer that I am enjoying the cooler nights, although not the shorter days."I can't even picture that. The overriding memory of summer here is towering cumulus clouds and regular downpours, with unusually large raindrops hammering off everything. Here in Ireland we rarely get much in the way of thunderstorms, but last weekend I was visiting the Greenwich Royal Observatory, which is on a hill over the Thames in London. The downpours were accompanied by spectacular lightning crackling over the buildings and the new Olympic park. The UK has pronounced the summer as the wettest for a hundred years, and the second wettest ever recorded. Different parts of Ireland have had 50 to a 100% more rain than normal. Reports of drought and fires elsewhere in Europe and the US sound like they're from another planet!"October is busy with everyone gearing up for Halloween. It's a big deal here. I admit to having an affinity for spirits and things that go bump in the night. :)"Halloween is increasingly Americanised here. Kids go "trick or treating" -- a phrase never heard here when I was a kid, and absorbed straight from American TV. We even have jack-o-lanterns made from pumpkins, which aren't a native vegetable. The "spiritual" side of Halloween is also increasingly to the fore. I guess we invented the pagan festival here. In Irish we've always called Halloween "Oíche Shamhna" -- the night of the Celtic festival of Samhain... which is also our modern name for the month of November. I'm more comfortable with the Christianised "All Hallows Eve", the day before All Saints Day. However, it seems that the old superstitions have returned with a vengeance. Who would have thunk it! :-)"You might be interested in this: Revealing a supernova's secret partner"Amazing and weird coincidence! I've been chatting to a couple of people about that very subject just yesterday. Type 1a supernovae are extremely important in determining galactic distances, and thus calibrating the galactic red shift and the age of the universe. The problem is that the expected process by which they occur should leave companion stars which have hitherto not been found, which causes big problems for astrophysical and cosmological theories. Your article is about one type 1a supernova where a companion red giant has indeed been discovered. I dug out the original paper and sent it to my interlocutors -- thanks!
Saudi Aramco got hit by a computer virus last week that knocked out 30,000 computers. This week it's the turn of Qatari RasGas. A group called "Cutting Sword of Justice" claims responsibility, citing revenge for "atrocities taking place in … Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt".http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/08/hack-attack-strikes-rasgas/http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19434920
...nobody of Clint Eastwood's caliber, would accidentally take the stage with his hair lookin’ like that.lol! Good point.
[PeteS] The UK has pronounced the summer as the wettest for a hundred years, and the second wettest ever recorded. Different parts of Ireland have had 50 to a 100% more rain than normal. Reports of drought and fires elsewhere in Europe and the US sound like they're from another planet!And here it feels like I'm constantly watering just to keep things alive. I have a feeling you're right, it is another planet!Here it is the first part of September and it feels like the first part of August, temperature wise.Halloween is increasingly Americanised here. Kids go "trick or treating" -- a phrase never heard here when I was a kid, and absorbed straight from American TV.Amazing, the power of the television. It's interesting to see the reverse migration of cultural traits. Usually we are the ones who are adopting other people's traditions, foods, music, and celebrations with each new group of immigrants who arrive here. I thank God every day(or just about) for Italians and Mexicans who brought their food with them. lol! God forbid I get stuck eating only German or Scandinavian fare. When squash are in season, soon, I will have to try Zeyad's squash dish.We even have jack-o-lanterns made from pumpkins, which aren't a native vegetable.We grew those when I was a kid. We even did the carving thing as well. Kind of messy. And the candle inside would never stay lit. Now we use the electric kind. :) Halloween is big business here. They even had a seasonal Halloween store in our former Borders(*sigh*) last year. While I like Halloween, I didn't like seeing it in my Borders store. I would have much preferred my Borders back.But you look at all of our major holidays and they've been commercialized to a great degree. They are a good excuse to sell stuff, which keeps businesses in business. Sad, really.Your article is about one type 1a supernova where a companion red giant has indeed been discovered. I dug out the original paper and sent it to my interlocutors -- thanks!You're welcome. :)
A group called "Cutting Sword of Justice" claims responsibility, citing revenge for "atrocities taking place in … Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt".That sounds pretty bogus to me. I wouldn't be surprised if it was revenge for Stuxnet.
ROFL!Okay, I found the Clint Eastwood video on YouTube. He may be old and a little slower, but he still has it. Although for some reason I kept wanting to smooth down his hair... :)
^ Trolltastic. (Everything in science is "presumed").
Global crisis moves East as China suffers rapid downturn"Evidence of a hard landing over the summer is becoming clearer. Rail volumes fell 8.2pc in July from a year before. The Japanese group Komatsu said its exports of hydraulic excavators to China – a proxy gauge for Chinese construction – fell 48pc in August from a year before.""The twin effect of China’s downturn and Europe’s double-dip recession has turned into a full-blown shock for much of Asia. Hong Kong and Singapore both contracted in the second quarter and are probably in technical recession."
Even more trolltastic. The troll professes to have an opinion on the validity of cosmological standard candles. Doesn't really gel with the troll's 4-year-old level of maths :-)
The twin effect of China’s downturn and Europe’s double-dip recession has turned into a full-blown shock for much of Asia.I wonder if the effect of the US falling off a cliff in 2013 has been factored into this? Falling off the CliffSome people are speculating that it might not be a bad thing long term for the US. But what happens to the rest of the world? And how does that factor into the long term?China has already been walking a careful tightrope trying to keep 1 billion people happy. What is the tipping point where they fall off?And what of the chance of a recovery in Europe if one of their major trading partners isn't buying?Globalization isn't just a term that is used, it is being lived.
Since I complained about our weather on September 1st, we've had an unbroken run of hot, almost cloudless days. Farmers say it's nothing short of miraculous, and many say they would undoubtedly have gone out of business if the wet weather had continued. Tillage farmers, having worked around the clock for the week, are now saying that the harvest will be depressed, but not the total disaster that it could have been. Good weather will continue at least through Sunday.
I can see stars again too! :-)I celebrated tonight by going out to watch a particularly bright Iridium flare.
Saudi oil drying up ...http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ambroseevans-pritchard/100019812/saudi-oil-well-dries-up/I don't actually think I'd be trusting a report from a bank on the state of world oil.Meanwhile, the current stiff oil prices coupled with euro weakness againt the dollar means that oil priced in euros is now more expensive that the peak price in 2008, just before the collapse. Prices at the pump here now exceed €1.70/litre ... that's $8.10 per US gallon.
...that's $8.10 per US gallon.If they were that bad here we'd have people screaming at the administration to release oil from the strategic oil reserves.It was running around $3.69 a gallon here last week. I haven't looked lately, though.The heat has finally broken. I hope it doesn't come back for this year. I'm actually ready for fall. :) But we could still use some rain.
*whispers softly*Zeyad? Are you there? Hello? Helloooo?
"The heat has finally broken."I think it's emigrated to Europe. I wonder has the jetstream finally unkinked, or something ... must go Googling.
...must go Googling.I sometimes wonder, how did we ever live before Google? You have so much information at the touch of your fingers. You can have the heat, and I'd be happy to take some of your rain. :)
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