Monday, June 19, 2006
"This facility will provide a practical means to re-establish crops obliterated by major disasters," Cary Fowler, the trust's executive secretary, said in a statement, adding that crop diversity is also threatened by "accidents, mismanagement and shortsighted budget cuts."
``The Cuban people have been paying a dear price for 47 years for the reality to be known,'' Amador Rodriguez, a former political prisoner in Cuba, told The Miami Herald. ``A 32-page book cannot silence that.''So the father who opposed these books was in prison in Cuba - no wonder he doesn't want elementary school children being taught only about the bravado and team spirit involved with communist propaganda. When I was in elementary school, I was certainly never taught about the level of oppression and force in communist Cuba, China, N Korea, etc. (not to mention in our own country under the auspices of free choice, of course...).
Not that I'm for "banning books," of course, as I've noticed this has been termed in many of the articles. The AP article (via First Amendment Center) is so confusing it doesn't specify if the books are down- or up-playing the quality of life in communist countries; it concentrates more on the injustice of banning a book. As if this is a censorship issue. The book itself censors the issue. This isn't a ban, it's a removal based on non-truths and omissions (and hopefully will be replaced by an age-appropriate, broad-scope book that addresses positive and negative sides of collectivism and emphasizes the fact that Castro has been in power since 1-Jan-1959. It's not an opinion issue - many people were killed and imprisoned for his gain.
But darn, every time I say that, I know that it's the case in the US too, obviously. Our executives, legislature, and law enforcement are also kept in by legacy and more subtle and potentially more dangerous. But I can't stop thinking about the fact that there are places where it is acceptable and commonplace for folks to be whisked away for lesser offenses than here. We still get ours.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
"If the air vehicle sees something, then the ground vehicles are aware of it and will decide whether to investigate...Each robot has an idea of what it thinks is going on, in terms of probabilities of a target being in a particular place."
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Survival in N'rn California:
-Headwaters Outdoors School - Mt. Shasta
-Adventure Out - Santa Cruz
-Nuclear Survival in CA
Schools in Georgia:
-@ Amicalola Falls State Park (we camped there)
-Get Outdoors blog
Monday, June 12, 2006
pennies from 1981 or earlier worth more
*mass: 2.5 g = 0.005512 lb (converter)
1 - 95% Cu penny is worth $.01585
My friends and I just had a penny sorting party. They're great because they reminded me the other day that there's no need to be ashamed of survival skills.
Friday, June 02, 2006
I am currently finishing this book, and it is one of the best works I've ever read.
Some of the most striking aspects of this incredibly smart man's journey:
-fabricated criticisms of political crimes: his parents both undergo severe re-education procedures, though they both love the party (his father to the extent that many times, his judgment errs toward political favor over family)
-the glorification of the party over family ties
-the extensive and corrupt network of bribery that develops to accomplish anything within the stifling socialist bureaucracy