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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
Current location: McKinney, TX
Member since: 2001
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About Me

Small business owner, former professor and university administrator... former expat (lived in UAE for 10 years).

Journal Archives

Just watched the raw video from NBC on Roku, deliberate provocation today

Police and journalists outnumbered the police who were pushed against a fence. One teahadist deliberately assaulted an officer.

My Tomato's Too Bootylicious

No, seriously it is!

*Actual tomato found in a case of tomatoes going into my shop today...

Americans and British Citizen Apparently Involved in Nairobi Attack

... Two or three Americans and one Briton were among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya's foreign minister said Monday.

More than 60 people have been killed in the assault on the upscale mall, which has lasted for three days. The foreign minister, Amina Mohamed, said in an interview with PBS' "NewsHour" program that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived "in Minnesota and one other place" in the U.S. The attacker from Britain was a woman who has "done this many times before," Mohamed said... http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57604302/kenya-mall-attack-terrorists-included-two-or-three-americans-kenyan-foreign-minister-amina-mohamed-says/

How does the CIA and NSA miss this stuff? Kenya is an ally against terrorism, shouldn't we be passing them enough intel to monitor these people?

That story is wrong on almost all counts...

1. We did have 'some' influence over the MB largely because we control the purse strings that kept their gov. going.

2. US interests lie in the Gulf for two big reasons... OIL and IRAN (not Egypt)... Since Camp David, Egypt has pretty much just been the side-show that keeps Israel out of a broader regional conflict. Consequently, the Gulf States hatred of the MB is steering the our foreign policy.

3. With the MB, we only controlled about 1/2 the cards in Cairo... MB was playing games with DC too. Now we hold about 90% of the cards... cards which are tightly controlled in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

Shockingly ( ) Egypt still doesn't have a government that can legitimately press for democracy... MB couldn't do it and definitely now the generals can't.

This week was a watershed... the level of violence was horrific. I can really only see two directions now. A second Egyptian revolution with the liberals AND the MB taking to the streets and tossing the generals. Or, something akin to civil war will take root... a slow festering insurgency.

My student who was killed this week covering the MB for her paper was both a democrat and a feminist... thought also a Muslim. She died trying to cover the massacre of the MB. In the ME, the situation is never simple and is almost always analyzed wrong by those 'experts' in the MSM.

Something is afoot in Egypt... the only thing I thing that is sure about it is there will still be more blood.

Kerry Was Right, Egypt Was NOT a Coup, Instead it Was a Paid Hit By the Gulf Kingdoms

Follow the money... the Saudis and Emiratis despised the Brotherhood:

Saudi Arabia pledged $5 billion in grants and loans to Egypt's new government on Tuesday, a second major promise of aid from the Gulf after the ouster of the country's Islamist president.

Earlier, the United Arab Emirates pledged $3 billion to the cash-strapped country. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading critics of deposed President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/09/saudi-arabia-aid-to-egypt_n_3568635.html

The US was never going to support a Brotherhood Gov. over its 'allies' in the region.

The generals in Egypt were paid to destroy the Brotherhood and are doing such a good job, they will probably end up with a Civil War on their hands.

The UAE Reporter Killed in the Cairo Massacre Was a Former Student of Mine

I am in shock right now as I found out one of my former students at the American University of Sharjah, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, was one of those killed during the crackdown this week.

I found out in the worst way as I saw her face while watching Democracy Now.

I taught Habiba both writing and she served as an editor for the University newspaper when I was the faculty sponsor for the paper.

She was one of those people who was always sweet, kind, and extremely hard-working.

My heart goes out to her family as Egypt has lost one of its future leaders today.


Reconsidering the Percolator: Lost American Technologies

Percolators were a fixture in American households once home consumer versions became available towards the beginning of the 20th century. Here is an interesting link that gives a bit more of the history. By the time I was a kid in the 1970′s they were in every kitchen and the taste of American coffee was the taste of the percolator.

But, go into a kitchen today and you would be hard pressed to find a percolator. Even among coffee aficionados, you might find any number of exotic appliances for making coffee, but rarely a percolator.

What happened?... http://rationalista.com/2013/07/08/reconsidering-the-percolator-lost-american-technologies/

Just a short little article I wrote about re-discovering the joys of a percolator.

Nepal... really...? I suppose I imagined Dalit women breaking gravel with hammers

and the 5 year old boy with the beautiful smile and the ring of dirt and glue around his mouth and nose...

Or come visit Nairobi where I am now and we can take a charming visit to Kibera and Mathare.

Is The Guardian becoming neo-liberal?

Who owns the fish?

Corporations, even foreign ones, are taking over our fish resources.

For centuries, men like Larry Collins, a garrulous crab and sole fisherman, were free to harvest the seas.

But sweeping across the globe is a system that slowly and steadily hands over a $400 billion ocean fishing industry to corporations. The system, called catch shares, in most cases favors large fishing fleets, a review of the systems operating across the United States shows.

“We’ve been frozen out,” said Collins, who docks near the Golden Gate Bridge. “This system has given it all to the big guys.”

More and more wild-caught fish species and fishing territories in the United States are managed under catch shares, which work by providing harvesting or access rights to fishermen. These rights – worth tens of billions of dollars in the United States alone – are translated into a percentage, or share, that can then be divided, traded, sold, bought or leveraged for financing, just like any asset.

Catch shares have been backed by an alliance of conservative, free-market advocates and environmental groups, some of which have financed scientific studies promoting the merits of the system, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found...


Odinga is filing a protest to the Supreme Court over irregularities

some sporadic violence has erupted per the last US Embassy warning.

Kenyatta was confirmed as President Elect this afternoon.

Am seriously hoping things don't go downhill from here.
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