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Saturday, December 06, 2003

Time for a HIATUS

I am taking Gil's advice and taking a declared break. I'm in the final stretch of things. Finals begin this Wednesday and will be over by the following Tuesday night. See you in about a week and a half. When I return, I will be posting a very cool entry about UC Berkeley. I am very excited about what I am going to write about so I hope you come back to check it out. I finally have some good stuff to say about this University! I think it will interest you as well (especially if you are into the life sciences like I am).

Wondering what exams I am studying for?

-Biochemistry
-Endocrinology (study of hormones)
-Human Anatomy
-Physiology of Human Development

yipee.... although, if it weren't for the stress involved with finals, I really wouldn't mind the studying. I find all the subjects extremely fascinating.

Only quick posts will be made until finals are over. I am getting a lot of cute links and things from people and I will post to share with you all :)

Friday, December 05, 2003

Names Reveal

Does the meaning of your name reveal something about your soul?

Let's examine this. At babynames.com you can look up the definitions of thousands of different names. Here's what I discovered:

Hussein means "handsome one". Yea, I don't think so.

But that was his father's name. The name given to him was:

Saddam which means "crusher". Fitting.

Yassir (Yaser) means "wealth". Yea, he's wealthy, that crook.

Osama means "lion-like" Just lion-like?

Ariel is "lion of God"!


Thursday, December 04, 2003

Activists Build Wall on Sproul to Protest West Bank Barrier

The "Students For Justice in Palestine" (ahem) are protesting on the Berkeley campus again. I was going to go counter-protest but I decided studying was more important. Let them fail their exams!

Anyway, here is some exerpts from The Daily Californian (the Berkeley newspaper) covering the protest:

In the first major pro-Palestinian rally on campus this semester, about a hundred students gathered on Sproul Plaza yesterday to denounce Israel's construction of a wall fencing off the West Bank.

The protestors erected a 15-foot-high mock wall made out of plastic tubes and green tarp with a banner reading "Bad Fences Make Bad Neighbors"


Hmm.. and I thought it was blowing up innocent civilians that leads to bad neighbors. My bad. One of the protestors gave a statement saying, "Our tax dollars and our university is supporting this apartheid wall..." Can someone tell me what the hell she is talking about with the apartheid wall? I love how they throw words around and have no idea what they are talking about.

Thankfully, a counter-protestor Jesse Gabriel (who was the ASUC president last year) gave a very good statement saying, "If there was no terrorism there would be no wall. Israel doesn't want to build a wall but it has a moral obligation to defend its citizens."
Well put Jesse.

Apparently, to these protestors it's ok that innocent civilians get blown up. The wall has already proven to be effective.

These protestors make me sick. I have nothing more to say on the matter.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Rare name

A friend showed me a website where you can see how popular your name is in the US. I searched Yael and got:

yael is the #3919 most common female name.
0.001% of females in the US are named yael.
Around 1275 US females are named yael!
source namestatistics.com


See how popular your name is (in the US)!

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Golda Meir quotes

While looking for a new quote to put under the title of this blog I came across so many from Golda Meir that I love. These aren't new to the Israelis (at least I assume not) but perhaps others might find these as inspirational as I do:

When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.

Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.

It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore.

Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!

The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight.


Now, back to studying I go. Hope you were inspired!


Monday, December 01, 2003

The Media plays on your FEARS

As though you didn't already know that but just incase you need a little reminder, here is a headline Yahoo News: Next flu pandemic could wreak global havoc, scientists warn. Are you scared yet? The article goes on to say, The warning sirens are screaming: A deadly, contagious strain of flu will emerge, possibly soon, flu experts say, and the world is not ready to deal with it. But wait! There is more: Pandemic influenza occurs periodically throughout history, causing widespread illness and death, overwhelming medical systems and wreaking chaos in societies. These viruses are highly contagious, and because they are new, no one is immune.

Now I am not saying that this isn't highly possible. I mean, maybe there is a flu that will wipe out a million people or more. But anyways, what can you and I do about it but get scared? Not much. We already take the necessary precautions like washing our hands, trying not to touch our face, trying not to touch others (especially people who are already sick) etc. Unless there is something different we should be doing (ie: wearing a face mask around town) then what is the point of making the article sound like Armageddon is coming? Sheesh. This is why the media sucks.



Sunday, November 30, 2003

FINALS!

The countdown begins. I have less than two weeks till Hell is upon me (finals). I want to say that I will post less because in theory I should be studying...however... it tends to be the opposite. Why? Because as I attempt to procrastinate to seal my fate, I find stuff to blog about. So most likely, I will have some insightful postings in the next two weeks. Wish me luck with what I am seriously hoping won't kill me (I am so melodramatic sometimes).

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