My gf went to england and said the food was definitely worse there. Then again we both like english fish n chips, and I have to admit I am growing fond of batterfried hamburger and chip "butty" at a local authentic english diner.
I found the Dutch ristaffel (rice table) - a smorgasborg of indonesian cuisine
Thankfully my gf's mom liked foreign cuisine and had her own version of that which was delicious.
I'd get to sample native cuisine in a native environment ... they went to Kentucky Fried Chicken.
One world culture marches on.
holmes "What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority." (M.Ivins)
We got a big laugh when we found out they thought those signs were of girls eating something quite different. I suppose it doesn't help when one is in A'dam and sees signs of girls doing similar things on different shops.
If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, then I'd better not react, lest I be nipped in the bud, if you know what I mean.
Does conquering count?
Oh, absolutely. Yes, conquering definitely counts. That's why all the delicatessen in Lower Manhattan serve exclusively Dutch food, as does the whole of South Africa, New zealand, Tasmania, Indonesia, The Netherlands Antilles, Ceylon, Ghana... need I go on?
By the way, ever since William of Orange came to England to occupy its vacant throne, the things they serve there are, technically, also Dutch food. Not something we pride ourselves in, but still.
This message has been edited by Parasomnium, 30-Jan-2006 12:56 PM
Probably not, but maybe....I don't trust putting the government in charge myself.
What I am in favor of is a single payer system for some basic level (but not too basic) of health coverage. Those that can afford it would still be free to purchase their own additional health insurance or services.
Basically everyone would be covered with decent insurance and those that want more can pay for it.
The govt. certainly shouldn't cover everything (I'm sure we agree on that).... For example, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic orthodontia, etc. etc. should be elective and paid for through private funds or insurance.
Of course the trick is to figure out what to cover... but the insurance companies don't seem to have a problem coming up with lists of covered things, so it can't be that hard.
We really need a single payer system at some level because it is the most efficient (economies of scale) AND health care is really the most effective when everyone is covered. Every single uninsured person increases health care costs for those of us who are covered.
quote:What I eat affects my mood? Like if I eat hotdogs, I'll be in a bad mood, but if I eat fresh fish I won't be?
Tryptohan, which is present in foods like turkey, beans, and fish, is a precursor to seratonin, a mood-enhancing chemical. There are also several particular nutrients which are present in carbohydrates which increase the creation of seratonin from tryptophan.
Chocolate also contains some mood-lifting chemicals.
Spikes in blood sugar levels definitely affect mood and energy and thinking ability in a big way, as does caffeine and it's withdrawl sysmproms. So, foods that have a lot of refined carbohydrates tend to give you a big boost in energy quickly, but then crash you down later.
Why? This doesn't answer my points about your attempting to joke about it. Personally, I do not like Hamas, so picking out pieces to simply mock it is a bit ghoulish.holmes "What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority." (M.Ivins)
Hamas is a humane movement, which cares for human rights and is committed to the tolerance inherent in Islam as regards attitudes towards other religions. It is only hostile to those who are hostile towards it, or stand in its way in order to disturb its moves or to frustrate its efforts. Under the shadow of Islam it is possible for the members of the three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism to coexist in safety and security.
"Intellectually, scientifically, even artistically, fundamentalism -- biblical literalism -- is a road to nowhere, because it insists on fidelity to revealed truths that are not true." -- Katha Pollitt