Saturday, January 21, 2006

Egyptian recommendation

From Zeinobia at Egyptian chronicles. Posted in Politics January 20th, 2006
Look to this website ,it is a Kuwaiti ,one of the most famous Arabic songs downloading websites in the Arab WorldIt is closed because of the death Kuwait prince and ruler prince Jabar "May Allah bless his soul"It is more than three days it has been closedI wanted to mention it here to show something we don't have in the Egypt internet community except on few scaleAny disaster happens in Egypt ,there is nothing about in Egyptian entertainment sites like , as if it is not in EgyptI noticed this when I visited a Jordanian songs site that turned in to black after the blasts in Akaba, I visited Mazika after the Taba blasts and there was nothing at all ,same thing in Mazikaty !!As an Egyptian internet community we must show some respect towards what is happening in our country at least we learn from our Arab brothers

Belly Dancing

You don't have to lie on your back to get a flat stomach. Women (and a few brave men) across the country are ditching the mindless repetition of crunches and Pilates for the ancient, infinitely more entertaining art of belly dancing to solve their tummy woes. Those legendary seductive moves have wriggled their way out of the harems and courts of yesterday, shimmied forth from stereotypes of Middle Eastern restaurants and costume parties and slinked into today's gyms.

"I think the recent focus on the Middle East has brought a lot of [positive] attention to the dance and music of the region," says Reyna Alcalá, who teaches Belly Moves at Crunch in New York City. "Every body shape can do it. I think for people who feel self-conscious in the gym, this is a good start for them."

Belly dancing, called raqs sharqi ("dance of the East") in Arabic, is actually a folk dance performed to celebrate weddings and births, and this contagious spirit of festivity makes you almost forget you're doing any exercise. But making isometric movements of the hips, rib cage, shoulders, arms, abdomen and head to the beat of traditional and techno-flavored Middle Eastern music will raise your heart rates while strengthening and defining your muscles.
First, you must maintain an upright, energetic posture, with the shoulders down and the glutes tucked in (this is almost a workout of its own for some of us). Then there's the basic hip lift and drop, which you do with one leg slightly bent and the heel raised while tilting that hip up and down, working the obliques, lower back and thighs. The shimmy works the hips in a similar direction by bending and straightening alternating legs, often at a challenging, rapid pace. For the shoulder shimmy, you alternate the shoulders forward and back, and sometimes even combine this with other hip movements. (This is a tough one, even for those of us who can pat our heads and rub our tummies while chewing gum.) The slightly more familiar hip twists and rib-cage isolations might remind you of how much typical nightclub boogying must be derived from belly dancing. Throughout the dance, you must also hold your arms in strong positions, raising one or both and making elegant, snakelike gestures with them. After a few minutes, you'll feel well on your way to gorgeously shaped shoulders and upper arms in addition to a toned middle.

"Basically, more than any other class, it really isolates the muscles, so you feel like it's actually shaping your body," explains Beth Bernstein, one of Reyna's students. "And it's really fun. That's important because that's what keeps me coming back."
In a dance studio, Reyna would normally spend time teaching the moves slowly, concentrating on proper form, but her gym class is less technical. "I can't break down everything because it is a big studio, and [explaining] takes too much away from people wanting to get a workout." Surprisingly, though you have to watch the teacher closely, it's easy for a beginner to catch on to the spirit of her movements and enjoy their physical benefits ‑- even if you won't be ready for the stage any time soon. After stretching and warming up with the basics, Reyna builds the class up to a 20-minute blockof fast-paced, nonstop shimmying and shaking, set to motivating drum music. It never reaches the sweaty, heart-pumping level of, say, kickboxing or spinning, but you will start to feel every muscle doing its job during this exhilarating portion.

The mental challenge of learning all these new ways of using your body prevents boredom and fatigue. And once you wrap your inexperienced hips in a scarf adorned with coins and beads, even the most amateur twists and wiggles look enticing and produce a satisfying jingle. Need we mention the confidence-boosting rewards of learning and performing something that looks so sexy? It's not like you've ever been dying to show off your mastery of sit-ups in the bedroom.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Dear reader, it's 2006


Now it's 2006 and it seems that everyone is focused on whether abortion will continue to be legal. It's the question that everyone wants my opinion on but strangely, I don't have an opinion...
Part of me would like to see it go down just to watch everyone scramble. All those mealy mouthed politicians would have to step up to the plate and really vote for what everyone knows we need. Of course, the part that knows the panic and misery even a few weeks of illegal abortion would bring wouldn't be worth watching any politician squirm.
Of course, I have that blue state feeling of insulation, but I also don't want to be much busier than we are because then we wouldn't be doing the work that we want to do. When abortion was legal in NY before it was legal in other parts of the country, there were 24 hour abortion clinics and it really was a "mill." Of course, women were less stigmatized and more sure of their decision. But what fascinates me is the experience of it--the complex decision making, how people make sense of inconsistencies and new situations, how people help each other out, or not. It could be about anything I suppose, but there is something about a decision about a pregnancy that brings it all together--life death sex the universe. If I couldn't take the time to consider all that with people I would probably quit.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Why Familiarity breeds Contempt

This article was published in an underground "zine" called Kosh Dude during 1994.

It seems strange that such a nice concept like familiarity would create such an unpleasant emotion like contempt. Getting to know a friend should deepen the relationship rather than strain it. Unfortunately there are many people who ruin friendships by becoming too possessive.
Most friendships start out innocently enough. Two people meet and find that they have common interests. This makes them want to find out more and more about each other. The problems begin when one person starts to tell the other how they should live and what they should do. Things get worse when that friend starts worrying too much about the other's actions and decisions. Because people resent it when others interfere with their personal business, arguments usually erupt. The bonds that were so lovingly forged between themselves are destroyed, sometimes permanently.
Because many people don't realize this fact, many good friendships are ruined. If people would back off and let their friends make their own decisions, it would strengthen the relationship. After all, it is easier to respect a person who gives council rather than nagging. Friendships also last longer when people respect each other's right to self determination and privacy. Having had extensive experience with well-meaning folks poking their noses into my affairs, I know whereof I speak.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

You are beautiful

My life is brilliant.My love is pure.I saw an angel.Of that I'm sure.She smiled at me on the subway.She was with another man.But I won't lose no sleep on that,'Cause I've got a plan.You're beautiful. You're beautiful.You're beautiful, it's true.I saw your face in a crowded place,And I don't know what to do,'Cause I'll never be with you.Yeah, she caught my eye,As we walked on by.She could see from my face that I was,Fucking high,And I don't think that I'll see her again,But we shared a moment that will last till the end.You're beautiful. You're beautiful.You're beautiful, it's true.I saw your face in a crowded place,And I don't know what to do,'Cause I'll never be with you.You're beautiful. You're beautiful.You're beautiful, it's true.There must be an angel with a smile on her face,When she thought up that I should be with you.But it's time to face the truth,I will never be with you.

Sheik Jaber, Emir of Kuwait, Dies at 79

KUWAIT CITY - Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the emir of Kuwait who survived an assassination attempt in the 1980s and a decade later escaped Iraqi troops invading his oil-rich Persian Gulf state, died Sunday, state television announced. The sheik, who had been ailing since suffering a brain hemorrhage five years ago, was 79.
if Crown Prince Sheik Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, a distant cousin chosen by the emir as his heir apparent in 1978, takes over as ruler of the tiny oil-rich country — a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. He is 75 and has colon problems.
The government announced a 40-day period of mourning and said government offices would be closed for three days beginning Sunday.
There had been speculation among Kuwaitis that the crown prince might give up his position because of poor health, but Prime Minister Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah announced in November that would not happen.
The post of the emir automatically goes to the crown prince, according to the country's 1964 succession law, but it was not clear what the ruling family would decide in the longer term.
Sheik Jaber was a close friend of the United States even before U.S. forces led the fight to liberate his country in 1991. Kuwait served as the major launching point for the U.S.-led invasion 12 years later when American troops drove to Baghdad and toppled
Saddam Hussein'

Kuwait has remained reliant on U.S. forces for defense, and the close alliance is likely to continue under Sheik Saad. The Al Sabah family has ruled Kuwait for more than 250 years.
After a Shiite Muslim extremist tried to assassinate Sheik Jaber in a suicide car bombing in May 1985, the emir abruptly changed his habits. He stopped driving his own car to bustling bazaars and cut down on public appearances. He did not like traveling abroad, though he went for medical treatment.

He suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2001 and was treated in London. On the rare occasions since then when he appeared in public, he had difficulty delivering speeches.
Sheik Jaber, born in 1926 before Kuwait became rich exporting oil and educated by private tutors in his father's palace, was considered a father figure to many Kuwaitis who generally were fond and respectful of the emir.

Despite the wealth and well-consolidated family rule, Sheik Jaber was considered a quiet listener who avoided ostentation. His palace in Kuwait City's Dasman neighborhood near the sea was described as a spacious but ordinary house, and bread and yogurt often satisfied him at mealtime.

While in exile in the Saudi resort hotel of Taif, the emir said little and prayed a lot, Ahmed al-Jarrallah, editor of the newspaper Al-Siyassah, wrote. He said the emir was always saying: "I just want a small tent in my country. I don't want palaces or luxury."
Designated crown prince and prime minister in 1965, Sheik Jaber succeeded his uncle, Sheik Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, as emir on Dec. 31, 1977.

The year before taking over, he set up the Fund for Future Generations — a financial safety net for Kuwaitis when the oil eventually runs out. To this day, he has ensured 10 percent of oil revenues go into the fund, which has an estimated balance of more than $60 billion.
Before the 1990-91 crisis over the Iraqi invasion, Sheik Jaber and his family presided over an affluent but tightly controlled society. Sheik Jaber dissolved parliament in 1986 for severely criticizing the government. He did not restore it until 1992, a year after Iraqi troops were driven out.

The United States, trying to sell allies on joining the international coalition that ultimately forced Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait, pressed the ruling family to institute or return some democratic institutions to Kuwait.
The emir dissolved parliament again in 1999 saying lawmakers misused their constitutional rights. A new public vote was held just two months later.

Sheik Jaber won the praise and gratitude of human rights activists when he decreed in 1999 that women should have the vote and be eligible to run for office. However, conservatives and fundamentalist Muslims formed a parliamentary alliance that repeatedly kept his decree from being put into practice.

He could have disbanded parliament to press his view, but did not. Six years later, in May 2005, parliament finally approved the legislation supported by the emir.

During Saddam's rule, the Iraqi dictator delivered harsh attacks on Sheik Jaber in an attempt to discredit the ruling family of Kuwait, which
Iraq' had claimed since the territory's independence from Britain in 1961. He called the emir a "womanizer" who married 40 times.
Saddam described the emirate as a lazy nation languishing in comfort attended by foreign servants. Except when foreign workers fled during the invasion crisis, foreigners in modern Kuwait have outnumbered native. Today, there are about 960,000 Kuwaitis and 1.64 million foreign residents.

Sheik Jaber fled Kuwait when Saddam's armored columns invaded on Aug. 2, 1990, with orders to capture or kill him. He drove to Saudi Arabia, accompanied by most of his estimated 70 children and dozens of senior members of the royal family.
He set up a government-in-exile in Taif and went on Saudi television to urge his people to resist.

Close aides say he denounced Saddam as a criminal and wondered out loud: "Why does this Saddam hate me so much?"
Like other Arab leaders in the Persian Gulf, Sheik Jaber had backed Iraq

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Self esteem

1. Use affirmations to boost your self-esteem. On the back of a business card or small index card, write out a statement such as "I like and accept myself just the way I am", I am the master of my destiny", "I am somebody, I love myself, I believe in myself". Carry the card with you. Repeat the statement several times during the day, especially at night before going to bed and after getting up in the morning. Whenever you say the affirmation, allow yourself to experience positive feelings about your statement.

2. Associate with positive, supportive people. When you are surrounded by negative people who constantly put you and your ideas down, your self-esteem is lowered. On the other hand, when you are accepted and encouraged, you feel better about yourself in the best possible environment to raise your self-esteem.

3. Make a list of your past successes. This doesn't necessarily have to consist of monumental accomplishments. It can include your "minor victories" like learning to skate, graduating from high school, college, receiving an award or promotion etc. Read this list often. While reviewing it, close your eyes and recreate the feelings of satisfaction and joy you experienced when you first attained each success.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Magic Book !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visit the link - Type your question on the book - it will reply. Type on the right side where you can see the cursor.
Make sure you type the correct words and do not make spelling mistakes... too good!!!!

Friday, January 06, 2006

..... Up Your Motivation

It's so difficult to go on when everything seems to fail, isn't it? Are there times in your life when you really want to call it "quits" because you just can't see any good results from all the hard work you've done?

Hold your horses!
Never ever think of giving up. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Take all negative words out of your mental dictionary and focus on the solutions with utmost conviction and patience. The battle is never lost until you've abandon your vision.
But what if you're really exhausted physically, mentally, and most of all emotionally? Here are some sources of motivation to prompt you in reaching the peak of accomplishment.

The Overwhelming Feeling of Attaining your Desired End
How would you feel after accomplishing your mission? Of course you will feel ecstatic. You might be shedding tears of joy. Let this tremendous feeling sink in and encourage you to persist despite all odds.

When I was studying for the Board Exams, I used this technique to motivate me. I would envision the sweetness of folks calling me a CPA. It would command respect. People will look up to me as a higher level of authority. And I would have better chances of finding a good job. I absorbed all these great perceptions into my inner being in order to achieve my ultimate goal.

The Reward System

How would you feel if you've entered a contest, but there are no prizes for the winners? It's not very encouraging, isn't it?
The same principles apply to your vision. Reward yourself after accomplishing a goal. Set a particular incentive for every objective.
Let's say if you've achieved a particular task, you'll treat yourself to your favorite restaurant. When you've finished a bigger task, you'll go on a vacation.

Got the idea?
Just set something gratifying to indulge in after completing a certain undertaking.

The Powerful Force of Humanity

If you want to succeed, surround yourself with the right kind of people who will support and encourage you all the way.
Be with people who have the same beliefs and aspirations as yours. Positive aura is generated by this fusion of collective energy from people of "like minds."

On the contrary, being with people who oppose your ways of thinking may trigger a negative, yet very powerful, kind of motivation.
Has anyone ever said to you that "You'll never get anywhere" or "You're wasting your time with what you're doing?"
Didn't it made you furious and determined enough to prove to them how wrong they were? This is what I'm talking about.
When aggravated, you will do anything to make those who are against you swallow their words. But of course, your main focus should be on the accomplishment of your goal and not for the purpose of revenge. Never let your emotions toward others alter your main objective.
Take Care Of Your Health
Exercise regularly. Fill your brains with enough oxygen to allow you to do your daily tasks with more vigor and energy.
Take regular breaks if time allows. Having the will power to continue despite all hardships is extremely important, but you should still know your limits.
If you don't take enough rest, you will not be able to think clearly and you will not be able to do your tasks properly. In the process, you will just get more frustrated.
Take sufficient sleep and recharge yourself after a hard day's work. Never, ever ignore your health. I've learned my lesson when I sacrificed my health for the sake of success. I've worked very long hours everyday and just got minimal sleep. As a result, I became ill.
It's not worth it. Success won't matter if you don't have good health to enjoy it.
Fire up your motivation and live life to the fullest!