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Comparing Coalitions around the World

April 13th, 2011 No comments

I’m not really sure why coalition is a dirty word in Canada. Examples abound all around the world…. that’s why this Globe and Mail article on Coalitions of the World is a good starting point to understand the plusses and minuses of various coalitions and electoral systems.

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Earth and Moon – from 183 million km away…

March 31st, 2011 No comments

As someone who spends far too much time just staring at the night sky, I find this picture absolutely fascinating... taken from the Mercury Messenger Mission it is a clear view (from a mere 183m km away) of EARTH and the MOON !!

Kind of puts everything into perspective, doesn't it 🙂

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The Trans-Taiga Road

February 12th, 2011 No comments

ok… I have to include this one… Last December I made a serious attempt at it, pharm only to be defeated by snowstorms in West Virginia (a story for another day). Anyway, this particular KFC should hold a special place in any fans heart... Hey, we all need our vices 🙂
This is as far as one can drive from any town in North America.... VERY remote, symptoms yet perfectly drivable... lots of people even do it on bicycles..

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The Mother of all Colonels…

February 6th, 2011 No comments

>As someone who spends far too much time just staring at the night sky, I find this picture absolutely fascinating... taken from the Mercury Messenger Mission it is a clear view (from a mere 193m km away) of EARTH and the MOON !!!!!!

Kind of puts everything into perspective, doesn't it 🙂


ok... I have to include this one... Last December I made a serious attempt at it, medical only to be defeated by snowstorms in West Virginia (a story for another day). Anyway, online this particular KFC located in Corbin, treat Kentucky, should hold a special place in any fans heart... and I need to go there for lunch some day.

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Where Norway, Finland and Russia Meet

February 3rd, 2011 No comments

It takes about an hour to hike to this tripoint of Norway, Finland and Russia from the nearest road in Norway. Even though it's completely undefended, there is a heavy fine for circling the marker or simply crossing onto Russian soil.

This would be a great side trip on the way to Murmansk 😉

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Kingman Reef

February 1st, 2011 No comments

Located literally in the middle of nowhere (ok, about 1500km SouthWest of Hawaii) the Kingman Reef is one worlds most obscure and difficult places to reach. For about 1/2 the year the tides keep the entire reef under water... but someday I'd really like to stand on it 🙂

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Jeffery Simpson on Education Policy

January 31st, 2011 No comments

In this article in the Globe and Mail, all manner of concerns regarding the Canadian Education System are addressed.

Excerpt from Jeffery Simpson:

"Regarding merit pay -- it's one of those non-debates that periodically flares; a non-debate because it ain't going to happen, given the fierce opposition of teachers unions. I think there's merit, if I can use that phrase, in top-up awards on a yearly basis, voted by teachers themselves or maybe students. But the unionized mentality of the teachers won't let it happen. Also, to be less pejorative, we dump many social and economic ills on schools and say: Fix Them. Kids from broken homes.."

I don't want to get too Globe & Mail centric by posting lots of articles... so within this article are many references to other articles on the subject if you feel like following a few links.

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It’s time – beyond time – to evaluate education in B.C.

January 30th, 2011 No comments

This article on CNN neatly sums up what I believe are some of the issues with the public education systems we have today.

“The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars — at all, " the author and educator said in a recent interview. "And one key difference is that motorcars have no interest in how they're made, and young people do."

Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail gives us this article on taking a look at educational reform in BC.

“Our students need to be highly creative, no rx strong communicators, pharm good problem solvers, informed decision-makers, and have well developed research and inquiry skills.”

Or this: “Learning for many students does not come from a textbook or from a classroom lecture. Hands on, self-directed but facilitated, problem-based learning is what truly engages our students. It inspires them to want to learn more. It sparks, motivates and feeds their imagination and creativity.”

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Why teaching is ‘not like making motorcars’

January 30th, 2011 No comments

This article on CNN neatly sums up what I believe are some of the issues with the public education systems we have today.

“The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars — at all, " the author and educator said in a recent interview. "And one key difference is that motorcars have no interest in how they're made, and young people do."

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The Korean Border – From Both Sides

January 30th, 2011 No comments

Someday, this will all change, so I'd really like to see the cement line from both sides real soon 🙂 ...

View from North                                               View from South

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