Paper Work

So after a long hiatus I’ve come back. In this period a lot of things have happened that will be talked about here. I intend to be a lot more disciplined with the blog from now on.

The most important of these is that I got married. I am so happy that I cannot give this joy justice with my writing skills but I will say that I truly got lucky.

This being Kuwait there is a insane amount of paper work to be done, and the video above is a exact representation of what I’ve been going through since that happiest of days.

Did You Know?

In 1950 Kuwait became the seventh country in the world to give its citizens universal health care? I was shocked and surprised to read this. Something to definitely be proud of even though the current situation isn’t.

Norway, since 1912, Single Payer
New Zealand, since 1938, Two Tier
Japan, since 1938, Single Payer
Germany, since 1941, Insurance Mandate
Belgium, since 1945, Insurance Mandate
United Kingdom, since 1948, Single Payer
Kuwait, since 1950, Single Payer
Sweden, since 1955, Single Payer
Bahrain, since 1957, Single Payer
Brunei, since 1958, Single Payer

Apparently the United States is the only country that does not provide its citizens what every other country does! And if Republicans have their way it wont. Shameful.

In other did you know news, below you will find the real reason Berlusconi was attacked. Enjoy

Real Reason Silvio Got Attacked

Rambles

Hey all I thought I needed to write something just so I could get back into the habit of writing. I’ve been neglecting my poor blog lately, for no apparent reason might I add, so I’ve decided to force myself to write today.

  • I’ve changed the look and feel of the blog. I just found this new layout and decided to go with it. Though I don’t like the fact that I can only put my widgets on the top (which as you can see ends up cutting them off prematurely). If anyone knows how to properly use html and wants to hook me up with a solution please contact me. Oh, and let me know if you like this format or the old one.
  • There are a couple of seminar’s coming up to discuss the way in which Kuwait is losing all its freedoms, and its progression to the extreme right. Tonight‘s seminar is titled  Censorship Protects Ignorance. Tomorrow’s will be talking about the new Fatwa from the Awqaf Ministry on the Veil (head scarf) and what the Parliamentary committee deems appropriate behavior for our nation. Like I’ve said many times before we are the only democracy that reduces freedoms instead of increasing them!
  • In my gang there has been a big debate lately about how to move forward in the very important issue of FIFA 10 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2010. It’s a tough question since both games have their positive and their negatives. Game play, graphics, league set up and many more is being discussed. Now normally you would say let each person pick what ever game they like. However, when you need to play against each other there needs to be consensus for such issue. I’m still not sure which way to go as I havent played either yet. So stay tuned for the important update regarding this pressing issue.
  • There is a new show on HBO that is a lot of fun to watch: Bored to Death. It is very funny. I think we can all relate to wanting something exciting in our mundane lives.
  • Mad Men is amazing!

Well thanks for tuning in. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings today.

Recap of the Past Month

Its been a while folks since I last blogged and a lot has happened since then. I’ve been on twelve different airplanes and visited three different cities. Been through four different time zones during those trips. I’ve seen four movies, a Mexican wrestling (Lucha Vavoom) match, and a performance (Fuerza Bruta). I’ve been to a fantastic wedding in Amman where a very good looking couple got married and everyone was dancing. Had a beautiful day in the Brooklyn waterfront park over looking the entire Manhattan skyline. And so much more.

All these trips have given me time to reflect on my long term future in Kuwait. What is it I wanna do? It’s about time to think of the next step.

Details to follow…

Cool Link

Found this really cool site to help you out in times of need during the movie. This site gives you the exact times you can run out of the movie theater and have a quick bathroom break without losing the plot. Obviously this wont work in Kuwait since our fine Ministry of Information has its own ideas on how movies should be.

http://runpee.com/

Cupcake Bubble

This is from one of my favorite writers, Gregg Easterbrook.

“Tech start-ups were a bubble, the housing market was a bubble; most likely there’s a gold bubble in progress, and when the gold bubble bursts, everyone will claim to have known it all along! The bubble to worry about is the cupcake bubble: all those fancy cupcake bakeries suddenly in New York, Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Seattle, offering $5 cupcakes hard to distinguish from supermarket cupcakes. It’s a bubble: Capital is flowing into the opening of cupcake boutiques because, right now, consumers are willing to pay a premium for a sweet that is inexpensive to bake. As with other bubbles, this one is based on exaggerated claims and assumptions that can’t last. In 2009, for whatever reason, people will stand in line to fork over $5 for a cupcake that masquerades as “red velvet” or “pink lemonade.” Odds people will continue to do this long-term? 0.0 percent. Anyone opening a fancy cupcake bakery is jumping into the downside of a bubble. Don’t say you weren’t warned.”

This article makes me think of how private business in Kuwait seems to go in phases. First it was the advertising agencies. Then is was the fashion designers followed by the burger stores. Now its the Cupcake and baked good fad. i wonder what we’ll see next.

Quick Hits

Here are a couple of items I came across and are on my mind:

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned

It turns out that the horrific wedding fire in Jahra was the work of arson. The ex-wife of the groom decided the best way to get revenge is to pour gasoline on a tent full of people and light it. She has confessed to the crime but what was she thinking. This is one of the worst tragedies to hit this small nation of ours. 41 people died because of a single person’s act of jealousy.

Dollar notes show traces of cocaine

According to a study done at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth nine out of 10 dollar bills have traces of cocaine on them. In D.C. that number rises to 95% of notes! The drug shows up when people use the notes to snort or when drug deals are being conducted. Now we all know that drug use is pretty common but for this percentage of bills to have drugs on them is insane. Some people are saying the use of cocaine has risen with the financial crisis to relieve stress and help people who are struggling cope. I say if you have financial problems spending whats left of your money on drugs might not be the smartest idea.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt decided for the first time in his short career to finish a race and the result was a new eye popping world record of 9.58 seconds!! This man has changed all projections of what the human body can do. He is at least 30 years ahead of his time. The scary part is that he is 22 years old which is not even close to his prime as an athlete, and he looks like he can still run faster. Amazing!!