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Man on the Moon (1930-2012)
Man on the Moon (1930-2012)

I was returning from a day in the mountains, chowing on a Tetsa River cinnamon/driving when the news flowed over the satellite radio that Neil Armstrong has passed away.  I’ve always been a fan of space exploration and had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Centre when I was in high school.  Some where […]

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 […]

Google Street View
Google Street View

Yeah, it has been out for awhile, but in my ignorance I had no idea its saturation level into some countries, notably the USA, Japan, Australia and Europe.  I’m quite impressed.  I’m going to use Cape Vincent as an example of some of the places Street View has documented.  Cape Vincent is in the US, […]

Brig. General Jonathan Vance @ Queen’s U
Brig. General Jonathan Vance @ Queen’s U

I had a great opportunity to hear Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance speak yesterday via the School of Policy Studies (the folks who inhabit the bottom four floors of Robert Sutherland).  Given the nature of campus activism among under-graduates and media flamers in regards to the often touchy topic of Afghanistan and Canada, the talk was advertised […]

Haitian Earthquake Thoughts.

CBC radio has been covering the Haitian earthquake disaster around the clock.  For the past two or three days, one of the most discussed talking-head topics was the seemingly slow response by the international community in physically importing aid into the country.  Aside from the tiny airport and minimal port facilities, one commentator mentioned that […]

To Kiva or not to Kiva…?

Founded in 2005, Kiva is a internet based organization which allows people to lend money to small businesses in the developing world through partnered microfinance institutions.  In a nutshell, microfinance can be viewed as a development tool that provides financial services to low-income clients, usually in developing nations who traditionally lack access to banking and […]

Hotel Rwanda

I was wondering when a film was going to be made about this.

Pack the Heat

With news that kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan has been executed in Iraq, I thought it would be appropriate to post something that I came across (scroll about a quarter of the way down the page) a few weeks ago which was written in response to a previous execution. If the FCO wants to issue […]

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 […]

Weekend Warriors

From the organization which brought you four dead Canadians in Afghanistan. Best part is, you only serve two weekends a month…. A National Guard F-16 fighter jet on a nighttime training mission strafed an elementary school with 25 rounds of ammunition, authorities said Thursday. No one was injured. Alright…is it just me, or does anyone […]

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