Remote ordering extra fries

It is Khmer New Year-- Chunpo Chnam Thmei to y'all by the way-- and despite all counterparts in the Ministry of Health off on vacation and/or firing short of a synapse for weeks before and after the holidays, we foreigners are here at work. That craving for things not-so-Cambodian has struck again. And for some odd reason those golden arches plucks at the fringes of fancy-- it isn't really what I'm hankering for, but McDonalds are momentarily reminiscent of the familiar {{shoot me now}}}. So check this out: How about remote-ordering extra fries? Ah the things I miss out on...In Other News...Deanna Hirschey and her fanny pack have been spotted in Cambodia fretting over endangered monkeys at Wat Phnom and feeding hungry street children … [Read more...]

news you can lose…

Coming up for air.... US Won't Get Into Civil War, But Will Sort of Hang Out in the General Vicinity White House Issues New Port Security Guidelines "Every friendship requires vulnerability,” Mr. McClellan said. “We demonstrate our love for our friends in the United Arab Emirates by trusting them, without regard to previous wrongs.” ...and Jon Stewart on Larry King Live--cuz he's da bomb Jon joined Larry King last night and talked about the administration and Democrats in depth. Larry asks him if he'd like things to be bad, kinda like O'Reilly saying that left wing websites want the US to fail because Bush is in charge. Video-WMP low res Video-QT (transcript) KING: You don't want Medicare to fail? STEWART: Are … [Read more...]

Merriest sentiments this side of the Rock

Adapt? Haa bumbug!Avian flu paranoia thwarted my joneses for that turkey dinner spread. We were told by the maître d' at a premier establishment, Le Royale, how pleasantly surprised they were that all three whole turkeys (quote unquote don't forget the emphasis) they imported for the Thanksgiving Dinner buffet were consumed.... Hmm, to feign appropriate shock astride a diametric quip of american gluttony on tip of tongue.... Likewise in the sweetest misguided gesture, some colleagues this week inflated a large squash in the office and decorated this jack with blinking lights. What is--?? It's a christmas pumpkin, I'm told cheerily.:-| Oh.Riposte-riddled mirth in season's greetings: PricelessCheers to y'all living abroad and/or apart of … [Read more...]

Past Plagues Are Prologue

Disease is a fascinating study, a microbiological commentary and defensive mechanism to the stresses placed on our socio-economic environment. Given the Avian Flu situation here in SE Asia, I thought I’d dig up an article by Andrew Nikiforuk. It’s a well-written piece geared at the Toronto policymakers in response to the SARS scare several years ago. But in light of recent announcements by WHO on the possible pandemic Avian Flu presents, the editorial still bears relevance. Past Plagues are Prologue by Andrew Nikiforuk edited 10 Feb 2010: since the above link no longer works, here it is re-posted: Epidemics always teach us something, says author ANDREW NIKIFORUK. One SARS lesson is that we're too dependent on hospitals - which … [Read more...]

Just another long weekend

Yet another speedy exodus of the expats from the country for the long holiday weekend of Pchum Ben, a Bhuddist event honoring spirits of ancestors by bringing offerings of food to the temples. I spent some time catching up on news from the US, more especially the debates--er, confusion--surrounding the Harriet Miers nomination. “Trust me,” George W. says, in all seriousness. Blunt object please… … [Read more...]

Gross National Happiness of Bhutan

So the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan, where I believe there is a daily quota cutoff and charge for touring their country (someone care to correct if I'm wrong?), has an alternative to the GDP for measuring well-being and progress. Since so many people are unhappy in the higher-GDP countries, perhaps they might be on to something...? A Measure of Well-Being from a Happy Little Kingdom courtesy NYTimes … [Read more...]

Shakespeare

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind . . .And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. --- William Shakespeare … [Read more...]

Dire Straits… please wake up

The Katrina disaster presages dire times. The status quo will drastically alter life in the coming decades. It needs the attention of an astute citizenry and a responsive, able leadership. Consider our suicide economics. As if five years of steadily growing cutbacks to programs in environment, poverty reduction, welfare, and healthcare were not enough, the 2006 budget deliberated prior to Katrina contained $35 billion in further reductions. Billions in tax cuts for the wealthiest build brass at corporate offices instead of supporting much needed public investments ie. levee systems and emergency response networks. For the poor, that paltry check from Uncle Sam in effect adds up to significant cuts in health coverage and social security. … [Read more...]