Americans Do Have Their Opinions and Here They Are: Research Conducted By a University Situated in Qatar; Who is For and Who is Against Whom; Another Unheard and Unheeded Address to the United Nations; Eleven Cloth Face Masks; When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade or Combine with Tequila; More Expertise On Qatar; Thoroughness and Beaucoup Defined; More Than Halfway Through the Quran; Long Conversations with Allah; Shot of a Flu Shot

This from the Internet – the font of all knowledge. “A recent study was conducted revealing some Only half of Americans think Israel is an ally of the United States, and that number drops to 28 percent for the United Arab Emirates, 24 percent for Saudi Arabia, 18 percent for Qatar, and 14 percent for Palestine, according to a new survey of 2,059 adults in the US conducted on September 9-10.While majorities or pluralities of Americans say these Middle Eastern countries are neutral towards the US, smaller percentages say they are enemies: 32 percent for Palestine, 31 percent for Saudi Arabia, 22 percent for Qatar, 20 percent for the UAE, and 16 percent for Israel. The 2019 Harvard Harris poll also asked about Russia and China, and 63 percent and 51 percent of respondents, respectively, said those nations are enemies of the US, so the five Middle Eastern countries fielded in our survey can take heart that their grades could be worse.”

What is rather strange is that the policies and politics of the United States do not reflect the opinions of its people, particularly when it comes to Israel. The United Nations is housed in New York and they are sit idly by watching the continuing aggression of Israel in clear violation of its Resolution. The Emir of Qatar gamely took a stand, yet again, addressing the U.N six days ago ‘slamming their inability to take any action” It appears that he might as well have held his breath, perhaps the ear phones of the delegates were not functioning properly (yet again). The address can be found by Googling Emir of Qatar and poking the video. (For some reason it is impossible for the link to be provided. The Emir spends beaucoup bucks funding UN programs and misconstructing a UN House in Qatar. By the way, beaucoup means: many or much. Used in a sentence: | I’ve never met anyone with beaucoup de bucks that didn’t work their butt off. If I were the Emir I would tell the UN that they it will stop all funding until actions are taken and their Resolution is enforced. I am not known for my peace keeping or peace making qualities – I was, after all an attorney.

I was laughing at myself the other day, thinking that when I get into something, I really get into something. For example, I am now the proud owner of eleven cloth face masks of different colours, patterns and shapes. I initially rebelled against face masks as research has shown that they are not particularly effective. However, it is not possible to enter stores, coffee shops or any indoor facilities without one so I succumbed and decided that they should be viewed as a fashion accessory. When going out in the world there is a rather gleeful search for a face mask that matches my attire. Do you remember the saying: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? Its meaning: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life; making lemonade is turning them into something positive or desirable” Another more practical version is: ““When life gives you lemons, take out the salt and the shot-glasses and fill them up with tequila. Fight for what you really want and never, ever settle for anything less. Don’t exist. Live.” . Personally, t prefer the tequila option.

Here is another example of my obsessions. I am admittedly obsessed with Qatar – for reasons that are not exactly clear – never been there but actually do have a large following of readers for such a tiny country. An Al Jazeera consultant referred to Qatar as a small country with a big message. Here are some charming statistics: The Gulf state, which will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, came top of the list with a GDP in 2013 of $105,091 per person while the UAE also featured in the world’s top 10 with a GDP per capita of $49,8” “An more: facts, Qatar is a World Bank high-income economy, backed by the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves. Qatar has been ruled by the House of Thani since Mohammed bin Thani signed a treaty with the British in 1868 that recognized its separate status. Now I do admit to meeting members of the House of Thani but it does not account for this obsession.

Do you want another example of my, shall we say, thoroughness? Definition of thoroughness: great care and attention to detail. Used in a sentence: His scholarship was marked by thoroughness and accuracy. Preparation for my entrance into the Islamic faith entails a reading of the Quran and speaking to Allah. I am more than half way through my reading of the Quran and am talking the ear off of Allah. I am probably the funniest potential adherent he has ever dealt with. On my own I am supplementing these two tasks with selected subjects addressed in the Internet. Yesterday it was Angels and Judgement Day.

I suppose another example of my thoroughness is this blog – written almost daily, admittedly with the occasional typographical errors, but what do expect for nothing? Furthermore, there are no pesky ads.

The photograph is of my left arm – the bandage marks the injection of a flu shot. Doctors are advising getting a flu shot, so I did, of course, an example of thoroughness and intelligence. Pooh upon the anti vaccine folks.

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