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December 15, 2008

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I've been an Obama supporter since his 2004 DNC speech. I think he's living up to his promises to do business a new way.

I remember during the campaign, he was asked how (or if) he could be inclusive of pro-lifers as president. His answer was something like "If someone believes in the sanctity of life and carries it all the way through to the end, I can't find fault with that. We may not all agree with abortion, but we can all agree that we must prevent unwanted pregnancies."

Obama not only knows how to find common ground between people, he honors it. There's an openness and willingness there that isn't contrived.

The part of me which wants to move to Bhutan is getting pretty impatient these days. It seems that things go slowly in that country... which, no doubt, contributes to the overall happiness of the bhutaneses!

I was pondering the same kind of questions as the Prime Minister, the other day.
Many accounts I read about economic prospects are like this: "Make more children or else the economy will diminish."

Then where is people supposed to stack their children in an overpopulated world? How long is going to be possible, in a finite world?

These thoughts are at the core of an ideological movement in France, called "decroissance". Too soon to know if it is going to be some sort of return of the hippies or not.

The picture of Mr. Obama is seriously funny! Thanks.

My fears in this turbulent time is that the USA try to do some good abroad again, like spreading democracy, or be a world leader in finance.

My other concern is that France keeps to present herself as a world model in human rights, considering the staggering amount of violations according to the European Court of Human Rights, and the pathetic bows to China's aggressive policies.

My kid has somehow begun to equate Barak Obama with Santa Claus. For example:

Q: "Can Santa make it snow?"

A: "Uh, sure, maybe."

Q: "Can Barak Obama make it snow?"

A: "Damn straight he can, son!"

He's such a little sponge I have to assume he's picked up some of this starry-eyed admiration of The Big O from his folks. His formerly perpetually cranky, disengaged, politically dispirited folks.

My hope is that Obama's ability to inspire and to lead actually will inspire Americans to lose the cynicism and engage on behalf of what's great about our country. My fear is that same shiny sparkle will soothe us into figuring that Obama Claus will just take care of it for us.

Given that most human beings on the planet worship the material over the spiritual, my theory is we get the leadership we want/deserve. Our democratic systems are largely controlled by the corporations that fund them, with help from the media propaganda paid for by corporate ownership and advertising. I wish Obama well, but there's only so much even a good leader can do to change things.

“‘Happiness is very serious business,’ Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thinley said. ‘The dogma of limitless productivity and growth in a finite world is unsustainable and unfair for future generations.’”

I love this quote. What a refreshing attitude. How rare that someone in power is considering the intangeable benefits, instead of only measuring success on economic (material) growth.

I certainly hope and pray that President Obama carries on with what he's talked about. What a blessed relief that would be, to have a President that commands respect and devotion rather than someone to throw shoes at!

how can anyone consider
barack obama an enlightened
man. he sat in the pews
of a church run by a man
(rev. wright) who spewed
hate and rascism every
sunday. obama considered
rev wright to be "enlightened" as well. obama
comes out of the chicago political
environment that is a cesspool of corruption yet
people think he is the only
one who is not tainted by
it. take the rose colored
glasses off and see
him for what he is. he
got sweetheart real estate
deals and is now on vacation
in a 30 million dollar home
in hawaii while thousands
of people lose their jobs
every week. stop following
false prophets people. this
cult of personality is scary.

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Mongolia Bird List: "L" = Lifer

  • Amur Falcon -- L
  • Arctic (Hoary) Redpoll -- L
  • Arctic Warbler -- L
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher -- L
  • Asian Dowitcher -- L
  • Asian Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Azure Tit -- L
  • Bank Swallow
  • Bar-headed Goose -- L
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bean Goose -- L
  • Black Grouse -- L
  • Black Stork -- L
  • Black Woodpecker -- L
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Black-eared Kite -- L
  • Black-headed Gull -- L
  • Black-tailed Godwit -- L
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blyth's Pipit -- L
  • Bohemian Waxwing -- L
  • Booted Eagle -- L
  • Brown Shrike -- L
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chinese Penduline Tit -- L
  • Chukar -- L
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Citrine Wagtail -- L
  • Coal Tit
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Greenshank -- L
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Pochard -- L
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Redshank -- L
  • Common Rosefinch -- L
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Shelduck -- L
  • Common Snipe -- L
  • Common Starling
  • Common Swift
  • Common Tern
  • Crested Lark -- L
  • Curlew Sandpiper -- L
  • Dark-throated Thrush -- L
  • Daurian Jackdaw -- L
  • Daurian Partridge -- L
  • Daurian Redstart -- L
  • Demoiselle Crane -- L
  • Desert Warbler -- L
  • Desert Wheatear -- L
  • Dusky Thrush -- L
  • Dusky Warbler -- L
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eurasian Bullfinch -- L
  • Eurasian Coot -- L
  • Eurasian Curlew -- L
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Nutcracker -- L
  • Eurasian Nuthatch -- L
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Spoonbill -- L
  • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker -- L
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper -- L
  • Eurasian Wigeon -- L
  • Eurasian Wryneck -- L
  • Eyebrowed Thrush -- L
  • Falcated Duck -- L
  • Fork-tailed Swift -- L
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey -- L
  • Godlewski's Bunting -- L
  • Goldcrest -- L
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Heron
  • Gray Wagtail -- L
  • Great Cormorant
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Great Gray Shrike -- L
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greater Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Greater Spotted Eagle -- L
  • Green Sandpiper -- L
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Greenish Warbler -- L
  • Hawfinch -- L
  • Hazel Grouse -- L
  • Hen/Northern Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hill Pigeon -- L
  • Hoopoe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Isabelline Shrike -- L
  • Isabelline Wheatear -- L
  • Kentish (Snowy) Plover -- L
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -- L
  • Lesser Whitethroat -- L
  • Little Bunting -- L
  • Little Owl -- L
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Long-toed Stint -- L
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Meadow Bunting -- L
  • Mew Gull -- L
  • Mongolian Finch -- L
  • Mongolian Ground-jay -- L
  • Mongolian Lark -- L
  • Northern Lapwing -- L
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Olive-backed Pipit -- L
  • Oriental Plover -- L
  • Oriental Reed Warbler -- L
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Pacific Golden-plover -- L
  • Paddyfield Warbler -- L
  • Pallas' Reed Bunting -- L
  • Pallas's Leaf Warbler -- L
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse -- L
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied Avocet -- L
  • Pied Wheatear -- L
  • Pine Bunting -- L
  • Pine Grosbeak -- L
  • Pintail Snipe -- L
  • Red (Common) Crossbill
  • Red-billed Chough -- L
  • Red-crested Pochard -- L
  • Red-flanked Bluetail -- L
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-throated Flycatcher -- L
  • Richard's Pipit -- L
  • Rock Dove
  • Rock Sparrow -- L
  • Rook -- L
  • Ruddy Shelduck -- L
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruff -- L
  • Rufous-tailed Robin -- L
  • Saker Falcon -- L
  • Scaly Thrush -- L
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- L
  • Siberian Accentor -- L
  • Siberian Rubythroat -- L
  • Smew -- L
  • Spotted Flycatcher -- L
  • Spotted Redshank -- L
  • Steppe Eagle -- L
  • Swan Goose -- L
  • Temminck's Stint -- L
  • Thick-billed Warbler -- L
  • Tree Pipit -- L
  • Tufted Duck -- L
  • Twite -- L
  • Upland Buzzard -- L
  • Ural Owl -- L
  • Water Pipit -- L
  • White Wagtail
  • White-cheeked Starling -- L
  • White-naped Crane -- L
  • White-winged (Two-barred) Crossbill -- L
  • White-winged Scoter
  • White-winged Tern -- L
  • Whooper Swan -- L
  • Willow Tit -- L
  • Wood Sandpiper -- L
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak -- L
  • Yellow-browed (Inornate) Warbler -- L