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To: muawiyah
“Not concerned at all. Arabs were the first folks in the world to successfully improve the wild breeds of coffee and make them palatable.
It’s THEIR STUFF.”

Oh really? Then I guess they should come up with their own types of antibiotics and foreign aid because that’s OUR STUFF. Do I really need to go into nuclear weapons at this point? Excuse me and millions of other Americans if we take one of the few contributions of that uncivilized piece of the world and make practical use of it. After all, if we didn’t get up and go to work, they would probably die of starvation. Who else will feed them?

28 posted on 01/01/2008 1:06:00 PM PST by Into the Vortex
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To: Into the Vortex
You must be from France.

Whether or not Arabs are lazy, shiftless, nogood, or simply corrupt and stupid, they appear to have stumbled on coffee bushes and decided they could be improved.

You do realize that civilization was first invented in the Middle East along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The people who did it are called Sumerians. They also invented writing. Their language may have Dravidian (South Indian) roots but its closest relatives in modern times are the 11 Sa'ami (Laplander) languages.

I suspect coffee was discovered by folks with more than their fair share of Sa'ami genes eh!

39 posted on 01/01/2008 1:30:19 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Into the Vortex
Muawiyah said

“Not concerned at all. Arabs were the first folks in the world to successfully improve the wild breeds of coffee and make them palatable. It’s THEIR STUFF.”

Excuse me, but coffee was originally discovered in Ethiopia when a herder saw the animals responding to eating the beans of the coffee plant. So it does not belong to the Arabs, since they were not the discovers. I am sure Ethiopians want proper compensation for unpaid utilization of their country's plant genome stock.

Magooey

46 posted on 01/01/2008 1:42:09 PM PST by magooey (stop the bs, fight the war!)
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