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Today, I officially hate Internet Explorer

Why is that? Excuse me while I go on a bit of a mini-geek rant.

I just realized that the sidebar thingy on the right side of the page shows up at the bottom if you view using Internet Explorer. I don’t use Internet Explorer, so didn’t notice this – plus no one else mentioned it.

hehe…well, turns out that IE does something funky (and non-standard), I might add to websites, messing mine up. But this problem will be fixed in the latest edition of IE, coming out next month, which Microsoft will forcefully add to Windows machines.

So, until then, I’ll keep working on the problem, or perhaps get some help from the fine folks over at vanillamist. Of course the page works beautifully with Safari, or Mozilla Firefox, both of which are much better options than IE.

Ok, ranting now officially done, it’s late over in my neck of the woods…good rest-of-the-evening to you!

Need help finding work?

Looking for a job like this guy?

Well, I’ve run across many hommies who have lately, so I thought I’d share a tool one of my co-workers recommended. It’s a website called “LinkedIn,” and it’s an easy way to make connections with people in your field. Job openings are posted by your contacts and their contacts.

The service is free, and I know people that it has worked for. Some other benefits:

  • It’s a free service
  • You don’t have to post your resume, you create a profile and get people you know to “endorse” it
  • Job postings are refined for what you are looking for
  • …and even if you already have a job you like, LinkedIn is a good way to make business contacts and potential business partners.
    • Now just imagine how happy your boss would be if you brought in more business?

LinkedIn is just a tool and probably won’t get you a job on it’s own, but it’ll certainly help in your quest.

crazy day

ok so alllllllllll we wanted to do was go to the friggin’ movies with some frenchies, equadorians, koreans, turks, and americans. lol right, so my cousin’s class wanted to meet up for a movie sunday afternoon in DC. so we got on the metro and it took about 30 minutes to move down 2 stations because of “maintenance” to the tracks. ok so that’s cool. normally, we’re supposed to stay on the blue line and go into DC and switch lines somewhere in there, so we stayed on the train when we got to King St.. ok we realized that a whoooole rack of people were getting off at the King St. station and firstly we were like “wtf” but seeing that we have delayed reaction or something, we stayed on the train…. only to find out it was going back towards franconia…. pain in the arse.

so we got off at van dorn…. and waited about 30 minutes for the train going to King St…. so far we’re still in VA and it’s been about an hour… so we get to King St…. and we have to wait for the other damn train for like 20 minutes. this lady kept checking the board every 30 seconds.. it’d say, “10 minutes” and she’d check it again 10 seconds later thinking it changed. it’s times like these that Turkish comes in handy cause burcu and i were making fun of her the whole damn time.

and to add to the excitement, burcu and i ate at california pizza kitchen and in the booth behind us were 2 very um… how you say… flamboyant men. extremely. i have no problem with gay people, but i don’t even like it when straight people are kissy and lovey dovey. gross. ok so this has been the longest story of my life… our day was basically a movie. good times. 🙂

Redneck Expedition!

Our brave explorers from all parts of the world, went on an expedition thru the reneck infested woods of Kings Dominion park. Out numbered by the natives, brave wildlife experts, BurJew and aop1980, went on Volcanos, fought off Grizllies, and experianced Shockwaves…

Whenever I go on a trip of some sort. So, I have to entertain myself with the digital camera. Sometimes it is who can get the fattest, tallest, or dirtiest people. All on the DL of course, making the game a bit more difficult.

This weekend, it was a National Geographic of the Virginia species of red-neckedous. B.Jew and myself have left the brightest and the best pictures from you all to choose from. A Chipotle dinner is on the line, so please vote! (Poll ends Sunday, July 23rd)

The Effects of “Democracy”

By: A. Polat

As Fareed Zakaria points out in The Future of Freedom elections do not equal democracy, and the confusion has the Bush administration caught in the middle. The recent acts of aggression both by and against Israel in the past 2 weeks highlight the reason why the Bush administration’s support of “democracy” in the Middle East has left the US in the middle with few ways out.

As Zakaria points out, democracies require that elements of the governing body be elected by the common public, but elections do not have the same requirement. You can’t have democracy without elections, but you can have elections without it.

Israel is currently waging a two-front “offensive” (aka war) both in Gaza and in Lebanon. Both are places that have been able to establish recent peace with Israel, after both gave into concessions heralded by the Bush administration, until things didn’t go according to plan. Last year the Palestinians elected Hamas, and recently the Lebanese have voted in Hezbollah into various parts of their government.

The same thing is also happening in Iraq, and again, very recently Iran as well. Both elections supported by the US, until certain people/groups were elected. But why is this happening, and is it really surprising?

President Bush today pointed out in a press conference that Israel has, “the right to defend herself,” but also added that he hopes Israel “does not do anything to damage the fragile democracy in Lebanon.” But the “democratic” process the reason that Beirut is being bombed at the moment. Israel blames the Hezbollah-rooted Lebanese government (that was elected by the people) for the mostly autonomous militant Hezbollah’s actions in the south.

Though the amount of involvement and interaction of the Lebanese government is uncertain, the point is that the Lebanese system of government was *already* fragile — just like the other Arab countries. Elections without democracy are nothing more than popularity contests, and at the moment, no one is less popular than Israel and the US. Therefore, no one should be surprised at the results of US/Israel bashing (think Hamas, Hezbollah, Ahmadinejad) and the effects.

The Iranian people for the most part don’t support Ahmadinejad, most in Syria don’t support Al-Assad, and the majority in Lebanon don’t support Hezbollah. Look at the effects these regimes are having on their people. If war, poverty, and political isolation are the effects of “democracy,” then the US and it’s ideals will never be able to win support among the Arab people and gain legitimacy in the Middle East.

If the US continues to label “democracy” the most every nation that holds elections, then we not only continue to give democracy a bad rap, but US policy around the world as well. And, if we want better governments, regimes, and ultimately a stable, peaceful Iraq and Middle East, then we desperately need the their vote.

Last year, Islamist-backed candidates won by overwhelming majority in Saudi Arabia’s first ever municipal elections. Women were not allowed to vote.

Source: BBC News

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