Last week Mariam al-Mansouri, a F-16 pilot from the United Arab Emirates, was introduced to the world. Smiling out from under her helmet and hijab after launching air strikes in Syria, part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State, her image went viral.
There are so many levels to this I don’t even know where to begin, but great to see countries in this region taking a front line role and then sending a woman to do it. I’m normally a pacifist, but this is so badass!
So this guys wife drank a bottle of wine and told this joke. He recorded her and then animated her joke.
Damn, I was wondering where all the fish were this past weekend? Somebody ate them!
Ras Madrakah Channel Flats, September, 2014
The indigenous peoples of Chiapas, known as Zapatistas, have
been engaged in a revolutionary struggle against the Mexican government since at least 1994. Twenty years later, the Zapatista movement holds tightly to its values. Pulling their children out of Mexican public schools and forming their own education systems sounds like a great start!
"We are a product of 500 years of struggle: first against slavery, then during the War of Independence against Spain…then to avoid being absorbed by North American imperialism, then to promulgate our constitution and expel the French empire from our soil…Later the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz denied us the just application of the Reform laws, and the people rebelled and leaders like Villa and Zapata emerged, poor men just like us."
My annual Beach Restoration trip recently received a commendation from ESO, Environmental Society of Oman. I wasn’t able to attend the awards luncheon, especially given the exorbitant 300 USD tickets, but I hear it was quite an event which featured heaps of plastic water bottles, lots of glossy program brochures, and a confetti shower! In fairness to ESO, I don’t think they organized or sponsored this event. It appeared to be more of a self promotion exercise for the ministry and private corporations. The struggle continues!
My garden which has a bird bath has become a sanctuary for small sun birds and other species like this finch. The feral cats regard it as their personal hunting waterhole. This is the second dead bird I’ve found in the past month. They don’t even bother to eat them, though sometimes they surgically remove one small choice morsel like the liver, the Hannibals they are.
The birds continue to thrive and are very noisy. In fact, when it goes quite, I know a cat is on the prowl. I got an ugly black tom real good the other day when I put a well placed marble up his backside. Knocked him clean off the wall. In the past, my pup Ellie, was our early warning cat detector, even though she was terrified of them. Now I just listen for the birds, they’ll let me know.