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I find myself actually agreeing with Bush. Those port terminals have been under foreign control for years. Why is Arab control bad while British, Danish, and Chinese control good? Do Americans just distrust Arabs because they're Arabs? Plus, according to NPR, this is just a basic change of CEO. The actual people working at the port terminals won't change at all, and they don't handle security anyway.

Another two pounds down. Whew! I was afraid I really couldn't get off this plateau at all, but I can do it! Today I listened to a homeopathic doctor at work as she told us that aspartame causes weight gain and nerve damage, and sugar causes every sickness in the world in addition to obesity (which I know has been disproved, many times), so I took a lot of what she said with a grain or two of salt (especially since apparently all grains are evil, too).

I have named my iPod Iggy.

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sillymagpie
Feb. 23rd, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
"Homeopathic" and "doctor" are a contradiction in terms, IMHO. If you can only measure the quantity of a homeopathic ingredient in parts per million, it's too low to do anything. On the other hand, osteopaths are useful because (a) they believe in good nutrition, (b) know how to align your spine, and (c) also believe in MEDICINE. Sigh.

Iggy is a good iPod name. I wish I had an iPod. I brought home a ton of CDs tonight; if I had them on an iPod, I wouldn't have had to haul them around.
wildrider
Feb. 24th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
Okay, I was a little off. Here's what the "come to her lecture" thing said:

Dr. Worden is a naturopathic physician licensed as a primary care doctor including prescriptive privileges and minor surgery.

She empowers individuals to identify the causes of diseases and discover the most beneficial therapies for their unique health issues. She is trained in environmental medicine to detoxify the body while using clinical nutrition to optimize the body’s ability to heal itself.

Bring your lunch and join us. You do not need to be a WNET member to attend. WNET’s mission is to be a forum that brings [Company] employees together to explore women's business issues and create strategies to develop leaders for the future. We leverage the diverse talents, skills, and experiences of women to support Company goals while fostering a culture that values their contributions.


So I was a little off. "Naturopathic," rather. But she was a trifle fanatical about some things... In direct contradiction to reports I've read, many things make you fat, like pastuerized milk and diet soda...(although in her discussion against most artificial sweeteners and sugar, she didn't mention saccarhine).


ad_kay
Feb. 23rd, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
About the Dubai port thing, the issue isn't that they're Arab, it's because the United Arab Emirates have proven al Qaeda links (e.g, money laundering). THe Pakistani nuke merchant A.Q. Khan used the port of Dubai to ship nuclear technology to Iran and other countries because security is so lax. Also, the AP reported yesterday that the Bush administration made a secret deal that exempted the UAE company from routine restrictions like keeping copies of business records available on U.S. soil. Oh yeah--two members of the Bush administration stand to make a profit from the Dubai deal. Lotsa links over at Feministe:
http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2006/02/22/shades-of-harriet-miers/
wildrider
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, I'm hearing lots of different things about 'em. On the surface, though, it does come across as though the US is saying, loud and clear, "we distrust Arabs." But yeah, my first reaction was of course Bush doesn't mind such things compromising that all-important "American safety" when he stands to make a buck from the deal.
ad_kay
Feb. 24th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
of course Bush doesn't mind such things compromising that all-important "American safety" when he stands to make a buck from the deal.
Gee, can't imagine why you'd think that! :D

Here's something interesting I just found on FireDogLake. Maybe the real reason Bushco are interested in Dubai is because their port is the only one big enough to handle an aircraft carrier... for when we attack Iran. Cuz you know they're next, right? Just before the midterm elections is what I'm betting.

http://firedoglake.blogspot.com/2006_02_19_firedoglake_archive.html#114064981174527300
wildrider
Feb. 25th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I've been saying that since the '04 elections. I just expected it to happen sooner...

typographer
Feb. 23rd, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
If Bush's response actually addressed the objection's raised, maybe. But the problem isn't that Dubai is an Arab Emirate, it's that Dubai is a country that we know has occasionally turned a blind eye to terrorist organizations, and because some Bush cronies, including the Treasury Secretary who chairs the committee that reviews foreign investments has multiple business ties with the Dubai corporation in question.
wildrider
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Yup. See response to ad_kay above
wildrider
Feb. 24th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Oh. And...

APOSTROPHE S on "objections"?!?!?

Bad editor. No donuts.
nutmeg3
Feb. 24th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
ad_kay and...someone else whose name I forget (and can't check from here) already said what I would have. But really, why the frell are we trusting this to anyone else? I don't get it. Of course, I also don't get why we're only checking a tiny fraction of the shipping containers that come into this country and, worse, publicizing that fact at every possible opportunity.
wildrider
Feb. 24th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
Well, yes, there's that. But nonetheless, there are several other countries owning these terminals (including China). I can't claim to understand any of it at all, really, but it all comes down to we have to live in the same world with these people...
nutmeg3
Feb. 27th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
The problem, though, is much like what the Israelis face with Hamas: There's a large faction out there that has no intention of living with us, and I just don't know how you negotiate with that, so the safest thing seems in many ways to be to keep the maximum possible distance. So opening the door and letting them in just doesn't seem smart, even if there's precedent for it.
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