Thursday, February 16, 2006

Global Warming

So today is the first anniversary of the enforcement of the Kyoto Protocol, the agreement amongst most industrialized nations excluding the United States to reduce greenhouse gases to try to slow the ambush of global warming. Environmentalists asked that the Olympic torch be lowered this evening in tribute to the protocol. The torch, according to NBC News, burns 1,500 cubic meters of natural gas per hour. It seems frivolous to me to waste that much fuel, especially on the anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol and amid the never-ending rise in fuel prices this winter.
For any of you Bush supporters who doubt that we are indeed in the throes of global warming, come to New York where we have "enjoyed" 50 degree weather for the past three days after the heaviest snow fall ever recorded in Central Park. Something is definitely going on.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day

Getting restaurant reservations in NYC is way too
difficult on Valentine's Day. Danny and I are making
magret de canard with a creamy peppercorn sauce for
dinner to celebrate. Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

New York, New York

Yesterday I stumbled across some interesting statistics about New York City. I have always thought that Americans who do not live in NYC do not give us enough credit over here in the "Big Apple." I was especially infuriated, as most New Yorkers were, over the red state/ blue state debacle in the 2004 Presidential Election. It's time for New York to begin asserting herself and demanding respect from the rest of the nation. The US depends on New York and it is time that the people in the backwoods of Arkansas start to realize that.
With 8.1 million people, New York is the most populous city in the United States and the most densely populated municipality in all of North America. Each of the five boroughs of New York City, except for Staten Island, contains over one million people and would each be among the nation's largest cities if considered independently. Even with all of these people living on top of one another in 321 square miles, New York has the lowest crime rate of any major American city. In 2004, NYC had 2,800 crimes per 100,000 people compared to 8,960 per 100,000 people in Dallas, Texas.
New York City undeniably is the driving force behind the US economy. New York City's estimated gross metropolitan product of $488.8 billion in 2003 was the largest of any city in the United States and would be the sixth largest if the city were one of the 50 states. If it were a nation, the city would have the 17th highest gross domestic product in the world, exceeding that of Switzerland ($377 billion), and at $59,000 per person would have the second highest per capita GDP in the world, after Luxembourg.
It's time to get serious with the rest of the nation. If you don't come through with what NYC needs, maybe it's time that we do become our own nation with the second highest per capita GDP in the world.

For more information, visit Wikipedia.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Go Postal

School work is back, work is back, and so is the cold weather. Cheer up and listen to The Postal Service. The music might sound a little like the music from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros, but it's really good. They are an electronica/ indie rock band that is slowly making its way into the mainstream.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

End of the Detox

So we didn't make it to day 4 of the detox diet. Last night, I almost fell over because I was so dizzy and I had a headache all day. I figure I can continue to live with the toxins inside of me because the process of getting rid of them bothered me more than keeping them. So I guess I will remain a toxic person. I bought a nice baguette for lunch today.