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Weight Loss: Fat Burning Beads

I could not believe my eyes. Would you buy these beads? You can read the entire story at BBC Health News.

‘Fat-burning’ bead marketing ends

A company that said its “fat-burning” beads triggered “automatic weight loss” has agreed to stop marketing in the UK.

One claim suggested that Accu-Slim Beads worked “faster than total starvation” by placing one bead behind each ear.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) sought assurances from Global DM Licensing, based in Hong Kong, that it would stop mailings being sent to UK consumers.

The OFT says thousands fall victim to claims about weight loss products.

Misleading claims
The company, using the name The AccuSlim Centre, claimed the beads were “fat burning acupuncture without needles, diets, exercise or effort”.

It claimed that users could eat as much as they liked but still lose 30lbs in 30 days, as the bead stimulated acupressure points that led to automatic weight loss.

The company claimed guaranteed results and charged £65 for a package of up to 120 beads.

OOps – I just noticed that they only have to stop marketing these beads in the UK. So if someone approaches you on the streets of Kuwait offering to sell you fat-burning beads (wouldn’t you feel like punching someone who thought you needed fat burning beads?) DON’T BUY THEM! THEY DON’T WORK!

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Diet / Weight Loss, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Humor, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues | 20 Comments

More Three Cups of Tea

The timing couldn’t be better. Thank you, Phantom Man, for sending a link to this New York Times article on Three Cups of Tea, from the July 13th New York Times.

Published: July 13, 2008

Since 9/11, Westerners have tried two approaches to fight terrorism in Pakistan, President Bush’s and Greg Mortenson’s.

Greg Mortenson with Sitara “Star” schoolchildren. Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Mr. Bush has focused on military force and provided more than $10 billion — an extraordinary sum in the foreign-aid world — to the highly unpopular government of President Pervez Musharraf. This approach has failed: the backlash has radicalized Pakistan’s tribal areas so that they now nurture terrorists in ways that they never did before 9/11.

Mr. Mortenson, a frumpy, genial man from Montana, takes a diametrically opposite approach, and he has spent less than one-ten-thousandth as much as the Bush administration. He builds schools in isolated parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, working closely with Muslim clerics and even praying with them at times.

The only thing that Mr. Mortenson blows up are boulders that fall onto remote roads and block access to his schools.

Mr. Mortenson has become a legend in the region, his picture sometimes dangling like a talisman from rearview mirrors, and his work has struck a chord in America as well. His superb book about his schools, “Three Cups of Tea,” came out in 2006 and initially wasn’t reviewed by most major newspapers. Yet propelled by word of mouth, the book became a publishing sensation: it has spent the last 74 weeks on the paperback best-seller list, regularly in the No. 1 spot.

Now Mr. Mortenson is fending off several dozen film offers. “My concern is that a movie might endanger the well-being of our students,” he explains.

Mr. Mortenson found his calling in 1993 after he failed in an attempt to climb K2, a Himalayan peak, and stumbled weakly into a poor Muslim village. The peasants nursed him back to health, and he promised to repay them by building the village a school.

Scrounging the money was a nightmare — his 580 fund-raising letters to prominent people generated one check, from Tom Brokaw — and Mr. Mortenson ended up selling his beloved climbing equipment and car. But when the school was built, he kept going. Now his aid group, the Central Asia Institute, has 74 schools in operation. His focus is educating girls.

To get a school, villagers must provide the land and the labor to assure a local “buy-in,” and so far the Taliban have not bothered his schools. One anti-American mob rampaged through Baharak, Afghanistan, attacking aid groups — but stopped at the school that local people had just built with Mr. Mortenson. “This is our school,” the mob leaders decided, and they left it intact.

You can read the entire article in the New York Times by clicking on the blue type.

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Adventure, Books, Building, Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, NonFiction, Pakistan, Relationships, Social Issues, Women's Issues | 7 Comments

Cat Quotes (Only for Cat People!)

Cat Quotes:

“Managing senior programmers is like herding cats.” –Dave Platt

“Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss
on your computer.” –Bruce Graham

“There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.” –Unknown

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never
forgotten this.” –Anonymous

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled
through snow.” –Jeff Valdez

“In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.” –English proverb

“As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.” –Ellen Perry Berkeley

“One cat just leads to another.” –Ernest Hemingway

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you
later.” –Mary Bly

“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many
ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.”
–Joseph Wood Krutch

“People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life.”
–Faith Resnick

“There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned
by cats.” –Anonymous

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is
infinitely superior.” –Hippolyte Taine

“No heaven will not ever Heaven be; Unless my cats are there to welcome
me.” –Unknown

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and
cats.” –Albert Schweitzer

“The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.” –Ernest Menaul

“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.”

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” –Colette

“Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they
have many other fine qualities as well.” –Missy Dizick

“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange
cats.” –Colonial American proverb

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for
what you want.” –Joseph Wood Krutch

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“I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic.”

“My husband said it was him or the cat… I miss him sometimes.”

“Cats aren’t clean, they’re just covered with cat spit.


Cats don’t like being baptized.

A cat is always on the wrong side of the door.

A cat will always sit on whatever you’re trying to read.

A cat’s purr: The most effective stress medicine known.

Cats are quite good at domesticating humans.

Anything not nailed down is a cat toy.

Cats know Mom’s black suede gloves are giant tarantulas that need to be

Cats must attack their human’s shoelaces when they are tying them.

Cats must crawl into the dishwasher when it is full of clean dishes.

It’s always darkest before you step on the cat.

Cats must rub against your legs while you’re carrying two bags of

You’re not a real person until you’re ignored by a cat.

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Humor, Living Conditions, Pets, Relationships | 6 Comments