Thursday, November 17, 2005

Random news 

I found a couple articles on one of my new sources for world happenings: aljazeera

One story is about a Moroccan woman in France who is being denied a renewal of her long-term residency card, simply because she wears an Islamic head scarf, thus branding her an fundamentalist. She's lived there for the past 8 years. Seems like a bad precedent to set. I wonder how long it'll be until the US starts taking such measures? Or has that begun? I don't know.

The other story is for those of you who are environmentally minded. It's about emissions around the world; who has cut theirs and who haven't, and how countries of the world are adhering to the Kyoto Treaty. If they signed it, that is. Honorable (?) mentions were made about countries who didn't sign the treaty and what they've been up to (Cuba's emissions are down 40% from 1990 levels; the US levels are up 14% from 1990). Interesting read.

Damn this country is spoiled and arrogant (oops. Did I say that out loud?).

Cuba has no new cars since 1959! They are a 3rd world country. Please do not ever compare the USA, who frees people, to a dictator who locks people away when they get AIDS.

We will never deport anyone for wearing a headscarf. We have this little thing called the 1st Amendment! It protects religious freedoms. Thank God.

The only thing you may find objectionable is that women have to show their face to get a driver license. I agree with this, because how else can you use it for ID? Come up with a better way, and I may be open to it. MAY.

Have a great day.
Delayed response.

I wasn't really trying to compare Cuba to the US. I realize they are vastly different piles of earth, for many different reasons. I mentioned them in the same 'breath' because I wanted to show that Cuba, a developing third world country, was able to greatly reduce their bad gases. While the US, with much wealth and power, could not do so. If any country should be able to reduce their emissions and make air easier to breath, it should be this one with so many options for energy sources, vehicle choices, etc. But I guess giving up that big ole' SUV is asking too much (there's a rant I haven't touched in a long time)...

While we MAY not deport those wearing head scarves, there is a vast movement towards all things Christian. Ask Dubya. You thank God, but not everyone does. And that is a choice that seems to be choked on and not swallowed by the majority. Majority does NOT rule this freedom. All can choose whatever they want (even, Allah forbid, Islam)

I have no problem with everyone needing to show their face for an ID picture. Otherwise, I agree, what's the point of the ID. Yes, we all have the freedom to choose our own religion. BUT, if you live in the US, you must abide by the laws here.
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