Monthly Archives: March 2010


There is a story about Sanya (Hainan Province) in the New York Times today: We went to Sanya when our friends from Sweden came down for a visit. It was a nice trip, not crowded, sunnny and warm, etc. … Continue reading

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Obama to Support Increased Offshore Drilling…Say What?!?!

Read here. This is REALLY going to piss-off environmentalists and many Obama supporters. I understand the need for domestic energy independence, the need for a national energy policy that doesn’t involve “excursions” into the Middle East, national security concerns of … Continue reading

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U.S. & China world leaders in executions…Embarrassing

China and the United States, along with Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia lead the world in executions, according to Amnesty International. Apparently China executed “thousands” in 2009 and 1,718 people in 2008 (almost 72% of the total number of worldwide … Continue reading

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Today I watched “Slumdog Millionaire.” It was my second time viewing the film and I noticed how much my reaction to it has changed. The first time I saw it we were in Montpelier. I was overwhelmed by the poverty, … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and the Mistake in Iraq

I just finished reading Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” edited by James Clavell. Sun Tzu is an ancient Chinese philosopher that wrote the treatise on war more than 2,500 years ago. Reading it was tragic. I simply wish Paul … Continue reading

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I would say that I am giving a killer lecture on Bourdieu and Gramsci in my Cultural Sociology course tomorrow, but seeing as I’ve got laryngitis I can’t say anything of the sort! Otherwise, all is well. Jie-jie has the … Continue reading

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Civics Class

We are discussing civic organization and responsibility in my undergraduate class, and today we spent time discussing what we might do for a volunteer activity to help the environment. I have never been so encouraged and saddened at the same … Continue reading

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