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Archive for October, 2005

The Kouroo Contexture

Excellent Quaker History Site.

One I need to write about later on, but I at least need to get the link on my blog.

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Science!

So, my six year old son is currently trying to split the atom.  This involves waving his arms about quickly, because speed splits atoms and he knows there are atoms in the air.  He figures when there is a bang or an explosion, he’s succeeded.  No, I have no idea why he wishes to do this.

He also was inhaling rather loudly and intensely, in an attempt to ‘suck in all the atoms’.  Again, no idea why.

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Link: Network feud leads to Net blackout | CNET News.com.

Two major Internet backbone companies are feuding, potentially cutting off significant swaths of the Internet for some of each other’s customers.

This is probably why I can’t get to the site where I upload my stock photography, why I can’t read my online comics, and why other information I read and look at every day is simply unavailable to me.

Absolute bullshit.

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Unions lure minorities

Link: New York Daily News – Home – Unions lure minorities.

Under the plan, the city’s construction trade unions will set aside 40% of apprenticeships between now and 2010 to women, veterans, high school grads and others "at risk" of falling into joblessness.

That should amount to 500 to 1,000 apprenticeships per year in jobs that can quickly reap up to $75,000 annually, said Building & Construction Trades Council chief Ed Malloy.

The city also will open a new, $45 million high school next September dedicated to construction trades and work with City University of New York to develop programs for project managers.

I’ve always felt, that on the whole, our country would do well to support learning a skilled trade as well as a college education.  Not everyone is interested in college, and giving respect to a skilled trade, and understanding that a good salary and benefits can come with it, could really help a lot of people out there.

If my husband had started his apprenticeship right out of high school, we’d be doing quite well right now — it took this long to figure out what to do, how to get in, and then get the training.

A kid out of high school going into an apprentice program could be doing as well or better than some of his or her peers in a similar time frame. And furthermore, some of the trades actually wind up getting you a degree when you finish the training!  The program is actually worth a number of credits (depending which trade you are in) and a good number of schools, including one SUNY one that I know of, do take the credits.

So perhaps trying to get everyone behind a desk isn’t a wise idea.  Perhaps trying to get some wiring buildings, welding, lifting, installing, building and producing would do good for them and our economy.  I’m all for it.

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Link: Oddly Enough News Article | Reuters.com.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – A new Cambodian cafe is offering diners a slice of life under the Khmer Rouge, with a menu featuring rice-water and leaves, and waitresses dressed in the black fatigues worn by Pol Pot’s ultra-Maoist guerrillas.

Newly opened across the road from Phnom Penh’s notorious Tuol Sleng "S-21" Khmer Rouge interrogation and torture center, the cafe is meant to remind Cambodians of the 1975-1979 genocide in which an estimated 1.7 million people died.

But the set "theme menu" of salted rice-water, followed by corn mixed with water and leaves, and dove eggs and tea at $6 a time is proving too much to swallow for many visitors.

It caters to both tourists AND dieters!  Two niches for the price of one!

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