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The nation that wasn’t there…
The nation that wasn’t there…

I wasn’t clear on the exact location of the latest North Korean tantrum, so I enlisted the ever faithful Google Maps to precisely show me where the Kim Jong Ill minions were lobbing shells into civilians. Yeonpyeong Island is indicated in Red.  To be fair, the island has also yet to be mapped.  It’s possible […]

Obama and Nuclear Deterrence
Obama and Nuclear Deterrence

Everyone has one or two obscure interests.  I think I have about ten…or maybe eleven?  Just wait to you get a load of this amateur fringe interest… …nuclear deterrence theory. I’m sure you are all dying to be my friend now, huh?.  Plutonic, perhaps? Sometimes one forgets their interests, and deterrence theory vanished into my […]

The Ottawa Zoo
The Ottawa Zoo

I don’t have internet or television in my flat, but I do have CBC radio which has the nasty habit of broadcasting news updates every half-hour.  So, for the past several days I’ve been receiving great chunks of comedy every thirty minutes in the form of sound bites from Question Period at the Canadian Parliment. […]

Captitalism

This article is a good example of why I love The Economist. This newspaper hopes profoundly that this will not happen. Over the past century and a half capitalism has proved its worth for billions of people. The parts of the world where it has flourished have prospered; the parts where it has shrivelled have […]

2009 Worst Country in the World?

Don’t worry, the Economist Intelligence Unit is on the case.  Personally, I would nominate Somalia as possibly the worse place in the world to be at the moment (and that’s probably not going to change in the next few months)….although Iceland did go bankrupt this year…. Previous winners include Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. The only prize […]

Election 2008
Election 2008

59.1% voter turnout.  Congratulations Canada, you are what makes western liberal democracy what it is today!  You sure make the veterans proud! Like most recent elections (or possibly all – at least the ones I can remember) there was a BIG push among party leaders and other activists to get the ‘youth’ to vote and […]

One night in Moscow

Not actually anything to do with Moscow. I will openly admit that my experience with European ideas, opinions, cultures and ideologies is minimal – but I am increasingly suprised at the strong differences between Anglo-Saxon and American values versus what has been termed by some as “old Europe”. Initially it would appear strange given the […]

Obama in Nanjing

Obama’s smiling face graced the pages of a number of local dailies on display in my local Suguo CVS this morning. I’ll admit that I only maintain a passive, layman following of US presidential politics. As a non-eligible voter my opinion amounts to squat and this probably influences the amount of time I dedicate to […]

“On this spot in 1989 nothing happened here”

Well, not quite as the writers of Family Guy so sarcastically wrote into one episode. The date almost slipped my mind. I suggest a meal at the Peking Duck for a fuller, bolder experience. Nearly 20 years later it seems so far away, so distant. But not at all forgotten. At least not for me. […]

More Earthquake Thoughts

I wrote little regarding the recent increase in Chinese nationalism and noticeable rise in anti-western sentiments last month, but to paraphrase my feelings, I continue to be very suspicious and concerned regarding some components of this nationalism, the fenqing (angry youth) and what some bloggers have cleverly described as the Red Guard 2.0 (a play […]

Exit, stage right
Democracy One
Apparently I support murderers….

This is what I was accused of today for stating that I support ISAF involvement in Afghanistan….don’t worry, I’m just as confused as you probably will be. I want to see you explain to your grandchildren why you not only stood by and did nothing while innocents were tortured and murdered, but you actually supported […]

Gaseous Situation

A few days ago I mentioned a little about the ongoing dispute between China and Japan. Apparently a few days ago, the Japanese Self Defense Forces caught a Han Class Chinese nuclear submarinesnooping around Japanese waters. China, of course, is denying the allegations. Japan is linking the intrusion to an ongoing dispute over natural gas […]

Tanked Relations

Relations between the P.R.C. and their island neighbor Japan, have never exactly been what one would describe as ‘warm’…and I would suspect that they won’t be getting any warmer with this blunder on Japan’s part. Japan’s Kyodo news agency reportedly revealed on Sunday the country’s Defense Agency will revise its security strategy based upon three […]

Left and Right Labels

I completely lost it with someone on a forums I frequent. Their post was the last straw for me in a series of similar encounters on several forums involving similar circumstances. I ignored it, but not today. I wrote my original response in haste, but I wanted to clarify here. Over the past several years […]

Baijiu

My plan for tonight was to post about my expedition over to Anhui, but as it turns out a representative from Sunderland University (UK) arrived today on a recruiting mission and the entire department was required for entertainment. I love Chinese dinners. The amount of food is absolutely ridiculous…it just keeps coming…as does the beer. […]

Ignatieff

I know this topic has been beat to death, but I love this guy. “When democracies fight terrorism, they are defending the proposition that their political life should be free of violence. But defeating terror requires violence. It may also require coercion, secrecy, deception, even violation of rights. How can democracies resort to these means […]

“I’m not going to be you’re monkey”

John Stewert holds his own against bow-tied Tony Danza hair conservative mutants. “You guys are on CNN! The show leading into me is puppets making prank phone calls. What is wrong with you?!?” I would love to see him take down Bill O’Reilly on the…ahem….”Fair and Balanced” FOX News network…that we all know and love […]

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