Tibetan Blue Bear (''Ursus arctos pruinosus'')

“Mead Paw” the Original “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”

Solving a mystery that started with learning the French word for “bear,” l’ours. A change in terminology resulted from a religious, rather than a simple hunter’s, taboo on animal names, similar to the wizarding world’s taboo on the name Lord Voldemort. Continue reading “Mead Paw” the Original “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”


Yes, my major still matters

Why Learning the Humanities is a Key to Success As one who has struggled to define a career after majoring in the humanities, this article resonated with me. It’s tough to pursue such studies when they do not directly lead to job opportunities. They can, however, lead people to so much more – to focus and higher thinking, to abstraction, to expression – things society sorely needs. My advice to anyone studying the humanities at the moment is to delve into your studies with a passion but also make sure you take the time to develop hard skills (research, databases, HTML, etc.), pursue internships to gain … Continue reading Yes, my major still matters

A Handful of Energy Links

I would like to share some interesting information about energy and the environment. Debate Surrounds Race to Export America’s Natural Gas by Bill Lascher This is an interesting article about the debates surrounding the issue of the export of American natural gas. Lascher argues that market volatility will mean that energy prices will not go down as companies export liquefied natural gas (LNG). He notes that the high prices outside the US are not guaranteed to last. Others think that the energy surplus should be kept within the borders of the US to keep domestic energy costs down. The Sierra … Continue reading A Handful of Energy Links

Spending and Entitlement Links

Thinking about spending and entitlement: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/First-Person-How-I-Living-ac-2266308980.html This article got me thinking about what ‘entitlement’ really means. Judging by the number of comments on such a small article, there is some disagreement on that point. I’m still organizing my thoughts about the concept, but I would like to soon post a much longer statement. I would like to share, as a jumping off point, a Charles Dickens quote: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” Continue reading Spending and Entitlement Links

Schools and Debt Links

Cheating in Schools in Atlanta http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/05/atlanta.public.schools.scandal/index.html? How can American claim to be the land of equal opportunity when the biggest determiner of whether kids will succeed on standardized tests is the income level of their community? American Debt http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/21/who-owns-america-hint-its-not-china/ So, China really doens’t own very much American debt afterall. Could someone please explain to me what the fuss is all about then? ‘K thanks! Continue reading Schools and Debt Links

Taxes and Debt

Article: “Buffet decries his tax rate is less than cleaning lady’s” http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/buffett-decries-his-tax-rate-as-less-than-cleaning-ladys/story-e6frg8zx-1225935122225 Article: Donna Brazile on Taxes and Debt http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/07/27/brazile.budget.debt/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 Like the idea, but not so much the overpowering Christian values. Still, worth checking out. “Nobles oblige”- the obligation of the “haves” to look after the well being of the “have-nots”- for modern society. http://www.circleofprotection.us/ Continue reading Taxes and Debt

War and Gender Links

http://www.gaps-uk.org/Countries_Northern_Ireland.php Often we think of gender inequality as a ‘third world’ problem and forget that it is something that we can see anywhere, every day. This link is interesting because it shows how security issues, even if the developed world where we supposedly have gender equality, effect men and women differently. http://www.gaps-uk.org/resources/index.php Some very interesting reading material. I must confess that I have not gotten through all of it yet, however, The Parliamentarians Guide was a great introduction. So is the Participation Promise http://www.peacewomen.org/publications_home.php Take a good look at the “Women, Peace and Security Handbook.” Continue reading War and Gender Links