Thursday, November 27, 2003

Thanksgiving and the Jewish Connection

My father sent me a really cool power point presentation about Thanksgiving and turkeys and how it even relates to Judaism! I really recommend you check it out.

Props to the President

"President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for "defending the American people from danger."

The article continues:

The troops had been told only that they were gathered for Thanksgiving dinner with a VIP guest in the mess hall at Baghdad International Airport.

L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, added his own drama to the surprise. Billed as the special guest along with coalition forces commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, Bremer opened the program by telling the soldiers it was time to read the president's Thanksgiving proclamation.

He asked if there was "anybody back there more senior than us" to read the president's words. Bush emerged from behind a curtain as cheering soldiers climbed on chairs and tables to yell their approval.

The president shed a few tears.

"I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere," he joked, fresh from an 11-hour overseas flight. "Thanks for inviting me to dinner."

This is a great Thanksgiving story! I have a lot more respect for the man after reading this.

The whole articles is here

Wednesday, November 26, 2003


If being a woman wasn't hard enough I learned the other day about all the joys of menopause. I am taking a class on hormones and how it affects each stage in a person's life, and we reached the topic of menopause. Why does menopause happen? As you get older, one by one, your systems start to fail you. As my professor eloquently put it, the reason women even experience menopause is because "we outlive ourselves." As reproductive beings, we are no longer useful to the proliferation of our species after we are no longer able to reproduce. So technically, we should die at about the age that we can no longer have babies. But because of modern medicine we don't. We have learned to extend our lives to twice its intended length but at the cost of all the problems of aging. One of which is menopause.

Men have their own version of menopause called andropause. In their case, androgen (ie: testosterone) secretion ceases. This does not occur in all men, and happens much later in their life than menopause does in women.

So here is my new theory on why women tend to marry older men. First of all, it is a known fact that women mature (physically and mentally) earlier than men. But the only flaw in the argument is that men die earlier than women. But now I also know that men are still able to propagate the species until much later in their life thus needing a younger woman who is still able have children.

In conclusion: Women have life a lot harder (in my humble opinion). But I am in no way a feminist.

By the way: If anyone is interested in discussing the mechanisms of menopause or just get more information on the affects of it I would be happy to discuss it. Email me or comment! I love discussing affects of hormones both in general and molecular terms. (Yep, I am a nerd!)

Monday, November 24, 2003

Did YOU hear about the Holocaust Museum burned in the US?

I didn't hear about this on any news station. Infact, I first heard about it on Michael Savage but because I didn't hear the whole story, I didn't want to write about it incase it wasn't completely true. I found an article about the Indiana Holocaust Museum burning. I am quite disappointed I didn't hear more about it in the media. Please let me know if you heard about this. Maybe I have been out of tune lately. (Highly possible)

Here are some exerpts from the article:

It took 10 years for Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, to open a museum in Terre Haute dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.

It took just minutes for it all to go up in flames, thanks to what Kor thinks was arson. "I have had better days in my life," she said Tuesday. "And, unfortunately, I have had worse." Kor got a call early Tuesday, just after midnight, from the Fire Department.

She raced to the building, along with her husband, Michael Kor. At the scene, they were told a glass door had been broken and an accelerant had been used to start the fire. [...]

Burning a Holocaust museum. That is up there in the sick, hatred, and disturbing categories.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Berkeley Hills

picture taken from this website.

One of the few things I will miss about Berkeley when I (finally) leave it is the beautiful hills. I went on a little run in the hills to get some fresh air. Today's sunset was seriously one of the most spectacular I have ever seen. On clear days like today, the sunset is radiant and the sky is painted with the most amazing shades of pink and orange. Today, the air was so clean that I watched the sunset over San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge shined as well. The bay sparkled and the sky...I can't describe it. I wish I was more of a poet so I could come up with the words. Or at least if I had a digital camera then you could at least see what I am talking about.

Let's just say that the beauty of the view explains to me why houses in the Berkeley hills are so very damn expensive.

The picture above shows only the view but not the colors that I experienced today.

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