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Friday, July 11, 2003

Life! Chaim!

As I drove home from work today on highway 280 the sunshine warmed my face and the scenery of green hills made me feel great to be alive. Wish I could always feel that way...A feeling of absolute happiness and content with my life (even if it was ever so brief). Moments like these make life worth living. I forgot all my problems, all my fears and insecurities, and just absorb the safety of the warm sun. California is such a beautiful place with amazing sceneries...it's unfortunate that I feel like an outsider here...My mentality and thoughts can't be helped and I think I will forever stand out with my different view points (here in Cali that is...)

Have a great weekend everyone!
Exodus....movement of ja people

With a lot of the high-tech companies going out of business and lots of layoffs, people are leaving the bay area to find work! I personally know a lot of people who are in search of jobs and aren't having great luck. San Francisco alone lost 12,000 people this year who left to find work. Read the article that tells about the exodus from the Bay Area. It's very sad, however, maybe the congestion will ease a little?

What a shitty situation....
Human Development

"The basic purpose of development is to enlarge people's choices. In principle, these choices can be infinite and can change over time. People often value achievements that do not show up at all, or not immediately, in income or growth figures: greater access to knowledge, better nutrition and health services, more secure livelihoods, security against crime and physical violence, satisfying leisure hours, political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities. The objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives."

How Israel Ranks:
1. Overall ranked #22 out of 175 countries
2. In health spending ranked #7
3. #2 in spending on education
4. #2 in R&D spending
5. With 900 cellular phones per 1000 people Israel ranks #2
6. Women equalization Israel ranks #22

The US ranked #7

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Linking to other Blogs

Please read the posting following this one after reading this:

I have found some great blogs. Over time, I will be linking them here so I hope you take the time to check them out. I came across Cathryn's the other day. I think it is really exceptional. I hope she won't mind that I post part of the email she sent me: "I, too, am passionate about Israel – although not because of any Jewish heritage. I simply am sympathetic to the Jewish plight and after extensive study of the history of the region I have come to the conclusion that the Jews and Israel have been slighted in a host of different ways." Couldn't have said it better myself. It's nice to have someone who has no emotional attachment (family, heritage, etc) validate my feelings. I have really enjoyed reading her articles. I think you will too!

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Savage Victim

As I thought, while Michael Savage's comments were uncalled for, there is more to the story than we heard so far. He posted an article written by the San Francisco Chronicle on his website. It's worth reading. Below are the highlights from the article incase you don't have time to read the whole thing.


What Savage said that got him into trouble:

"He asked Foster if he was a "sodomite," and when Foster replied yes, Savage said -- according to a transcript posted on GLAAD's Web site (www.glaad.org), along with the video: "Oh, you're one of the sodomites! You should only get AIDS and die, you pig! How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig? You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage? You got nothing to do today? Go eat a sausage and choke on it. Get trichinosis. OK, got another nice caller here who's busy because he didn't have a nice night in the bathhouse and is angry at me today?" "

But wait! In his defense, he thought he was telling this to the guy off the air since the comments made to him by the man had been bleeped off.

Also, it is a known fact that since the moment MSNBC signed with Savage, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has been trying to bring him down. They led an "advertiser boycott of Savage's show, "The Savage Nation," that kept big consumer companies like Kraft, Procter and Gamble, and Dell Computer off his sponsor list. "

Apparently, GLAAD's efforts were in vain. While Savage is no longer on TV he still has the fastest growing radio show in the nation. This leads me to believe that people are listening and so long as people listen, the sponsors will be there. Work on the boycott all you want GLAAD. I completely understand your frustrations at his comments, but no one forces you to listen to him. Savage has no political influence so what difference does his comments make to you? He does have the right to freedom of speech last time I checked. But I do understand how these latest comments would offend gay people...
Residuals

As with any outdoor adventure, I returned with some scrapes and bumps. I got pricked by a lot of those fuzzy plants that like to cause histamine reactions. That was a lot of fun. Those are pretty much gone but one thing that is disconcerting is the fact that I have lost feeling in one of my toes. I think what happened was my shoe pinched on one of my nerves and caused some damage. If it doesn't wake up soon I will go to the doctor to see what can be done. Other than that, I have a few blisters but overall it was a very successful and pain-free trip :) Can't wait for the next one!

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

ANGER
I am angry today. Very angry after reading this article. The militants want the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners that Israel is holding. There is a reason they have been arrested. They aren't just innocent victims who are rotting in jail. Most, if not every single one of them tried to endanger an Israelis life and thus were arrested. So what do the militants do to get their demands met? They carry out a suicide attack on an elderly woman. You see? They have come to realize that their tactics are effective. This is horrible! If they think that by doing suicide bombings they will be rewarded by having their demands met then I am going to scream! Man, am I annoyed....

Monday, July 07, 2003

A Savage Blow

Well..it looks as though the shit has hit the fan. Michael Savage got fired from MSNBC for his anti-gay comments he made. I read about it but didn't actually see the event on TV. Assuming it's true then I guess he deserves what he got for what he said. Read the article to get a feel for what happened. I would like to think that there is some information missing but it seems clear that he messed up. In anycase, this bums me out a bit because I do think that he is a good talk show host (even though I haven't listened for a while) and is extremely intelligent. Perhaps he has an anger problem he needs to work on? Who knows. Anyway, I'll keep an eye out in the next couple of days to see what happens to him.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Can you see this?



The above image is of Israel and its surroundings. Now that I know how to put pictures (yea yea I'm slow) I will put more.

Oh, and, a while back my brother made me listen to the Bob Dylan song called "Neighborhood Bully" and now I see it posted on Israpundit.com. The lyrics are very telling. See if you can figure out who he's talking about:

Neighborhood Bully
Bob Dylan (courtesy of RadioRote)

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.



Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

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hmm...i wonder what he's talking about.... should I explain it? I think most of it is VERY clear. As in, the metaphors are pretty damn blatantly obvious. For those who are still confused, he is talking about Israel. Now, reread it with that piece of info and see if it all makes more sense. He is talking about Israel and the Jews.

Below is a recap of my backpacking trip! Had a blast!

I am back!

I got back an hour ago from my backpacking trip. It was incredibly fun! I have a lot to write about today so I will save the translated song for tomorrow or the following day. I want to give a recap as to the weekend.

Laura, her parents, Heesoo and I went to Big Basin. We left on Friday morning at the crack of 9 o'clock. After bug spray and sunscreen applications and saying our goodbyes to running water and toilets we were on the trail at 11 ready to go. On the first day we hiked, I think, 11 miles. Not too shabby. I feel like I could have handled more but I was still pretty darn sore from it. We were all starving when we got to our campsite so we set up the tents got into warm clothes and cooked dinner which was quite gourmet with Ramen noodles and hot chocolate. We had a beautiful camp spot. Right near a river and amidst beautiful tall Redwood trees. Even with the big trees there was a lot of sunlight and in the morning when I woke up before the other girls I went down to the water to pump water and just absorbed the beauty of the scenery. The morning sun was glistening off the trees and the quiet was so peaceful.
The second day was our "resting day". Our second campsite was really close to the first one so we walked the tents down to it. It was quite histerical to watch as Laura and her dad Bob marched down the trail with the tent all set up. We were all cracking up and of course there are pictures of the event. After we set up at the new campsite we were ready to go down to the beach! We hiked down to the beach. The view as we approached it was spectacular! It was a clear, sunny day and the water looked beautiful. As we got closer to the beach we realized how windy it was. Man was it windy! But we didn't let that get to us. We still sat on the beach and enjoyed the sun. There were people kyte-surfing. I was watching them, so impressed by it. I walked over to get a closer look and one of the kyte-surfers who was packing up his stuff approached me. We started talking and I told him how amazing it looked. I got some information on what learning to kyte-surf entails. He brought out his mini-kyte. This mini-kyte is what you learn on. You have to know how to handle the kyte with your eyes closed before you can even go out on the water. It was so windy he had to help me as I practiced. The string broke twice because of the wind. It was really nice of this guy to show me. I would absolutely love to learn to kyte-surf. We'll see... Anyway, we hiked back to the camp site and ate dinner. We were all quite tired so at around 9 we crawled into the tent and the giggling began. Being the 4th of July weekend I decided that it would be a good thing to go one by one and say something we love about the United States. We got a good list going which I think I will post in the near future. We soon passed out and I slept the whole night without waking up once! A first for me and camping.
The third day, we ate breakfast, packed up and hiked out. It was wonderful! The trees, the fresh air, the company...just terrific! (that one is for Laura's dad). I love Laura's family. They treat me like part of the family. They are very smart people whose values and thoughts I respect and feel I learn so much from. They have raised 2 incredible daughters who are going to do a lot to make this world a more beautiful place. I am just so glad that I get to be friends with all of them! Makes me feel really special.
Heesoo is a sweety as well. First time in a long time we got to bond. She is very cute and fun!

I had a great time guys! Thanks so much! Love you! :)

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