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David Bradley

Hi, Nice picture of the cranes. Dubai is a beautiful city but it is a bit surreal. I'm surprised that you, a conservative, would criticize what amounts to a very dynamic, very strong economy. Yes, the UAE is an "Arab" state but all the workers are European, Asian, and North American. There are over 30,000 Americans living and working on Dubai (mostly in contruction). So, on a more positive note those "crazy arabs", as you call them, are providing very good jobs to some very needy Americans.

Mike in Seattle

Interestingly, Dubai only makes 7% of their GNP from oil and gas (and the UAE overall only 40%)

The big economic boom in Dubai came when they and the Bush administration worked out "American Zones" where US companies could set up shop and pay no taxes to either the UAE or the US. Halliburton, for example, is now co-headquartered out of one of these zones in Dubai.

So, it isn't oil paying for all those cranes, it's the money that Bush donor companies have now that they are no longer obligated to pay for their own country.

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Dubai is living on borrowed money....money it has failed to pay back on time.

This is the public Dubai the real Dubai is a harsh reality check.

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  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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