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April 2002 - February 2009 Archive
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Friday,July 18,2003

Who is Robert Joseph, advisor to the National Security Council under the aegis of Condoleezza Rice? Joseph is reportedly the person who insisted on including dubious references to Iraq's alleged purchase of aluminum tubing for nuclear weapons and British intelligence claims of an Iraqi-African (Nigerien) uranium connection in Bush's 2003 state of the union speech. Here is a bio:

National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice announced today the appointment of Robert G. Joseph as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation and Homeland Defense, effective January 22, 2001.

Prior to joining the National Security Council staff, Dr. Joseph served as a Professor of National Security Studies and Director of the Center for Counterproliferation Research at the National Defense University. In the previous Bush Administration, he held the positions of U.S. Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission (ABM Treaty) and Ambassador to the U.S.-Russian Consultative Commission on Nuclear Testing. In the Reagan Administration, he held several positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy.

Dr. Joseph has taught at Carleton College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

posted at 12:33:16 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Thursday,July 17,2003

To add to the physical therapy team, which I proposed earlier this month, a physiatrist (physiatry), who may be either an osteopath or an M.D., a rheumatologist, and an orthopaedist.

posted at 11:38:07 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Wednesday,July 16,2003

Orthopractic wants to see physiotherapists, chiropractors, sports injury specialists, etc. made into adjuncts of orthodox medicine. Therefore, if a person wants to see a chiropractor, for instance, she or he would need to be referred by an M.D. My proposal: Create a medical team, organized by a specialist in medical administration (not a clinician). In this team, any member of the team, including the physiotherapists and chiropractors, can refer a patient to any other member of the team.

posted at 12:20:05 PM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Tuesday,July 15,2003

What about the recent discussion in the news media of gay marriage? Should it be legal?

In my view, yes. The government may have a right to decide who marries whom in civil ceremonies but not in religious ceremonies. For a government to interfere in these matters would constitute a human rights violation.

In the case of a religion (any religion, no matter how small), it is the religious community (or its administration) which should make this determination. Since membership in a religion is, in Western countries, a matter of personal choice (not demanded by a government), religions can, in this respect, do what they like. If a member does not like the religious law, she or he can choose to ignore it (and incur whatever penalties may be imposed) or to leave the religion.

For instance, the Baha'i law, as interpreted by Shoghi Effendi, which excludes the possibility of gay marriage, applies to Baha'is. Baha'i law, however, is religious law. Does it (or should it) apply to those who are not Baha'is? Obviously not. It is not for one religion to impose its own religious law on those who are not members of that religion.

posted at 04:01:37 PM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Friday,July 11,2003
Elephants Mating
America's elephant-in-chief (Republican), Dubya, is seen watching elephants mate in Botswana during his July, 2003, trip to the African continent. What symbolism might this photograph contain about what America's elephants (Republicans) are doing to themselves by supporting Bush and his neoconservative advisors? ;-)

posted at 01:39:57 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Thursday,July 10,2003

I was hit by a drunk driver last evening - the third time that has happened to me. I wonder if it is some sort of record?

posted at 10:02:24 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

Wednesday,July 09,2003

I am back home after a 15-day trip to New York City and vicinity.

One thought I had during that time relates to this verse, from, for instance, the Gospel of Luke:

"Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done."

-- Luke 22:42

Each of us has a personal will - what I believe is good or right. In surrendering my will to God's Will, I don't eliminate my personal will. I control it. I freely recognize that God presumably knows more than I do (even where I do not understand His wisdom). How else can firmness in the Covenant involve sacrifice?

posted at 09:42:07 AM by Dr. Mark A. Foster

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