Monthly Archives: October 2010

Saudi Arabia and democracy

This morning, I voted early in Durham.  I went to the Board of Election office, on Corporation Street, around 10 a.m., and I got to vote at 11 a.m.  It was a nice crisp sunny morning to wait in line … Continue reading

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Flags

My son Ben likes American flags.  Whenever he sees one flying he says, with gusto, “look!  an American flag!”  I’m not sure how this started — but I do remember that we were driving back from the beach in Wilmington, … Continue reading

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Symbolism of Presidential Visits

I love reading the BBC, just to see what its take is on the world’s news.  I was surprised earlier to read about how NPR fired Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims, and I wondered if the BBC … Continue reading

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Wait an ancient minute…

As summer comes to a close, and daylight saving time (DST) comes to an end, I decided to look up exactly when DST ends.  Turns out that, according to NASA, President Bush signed legislation  in 2005 that extended DST, so … Continue reading

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Hans Rosling: Measuring Global Progress

Hans Rosling is one of my favorite TED presenters.  I’ll find links to two of his earlier talks for those readers who are not familiar with his work and include them at the end of this posting.  I was just … Continue reading

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First Monday in October, ma’am

Traditionally, the U.S. Supreme Court opens its term on the first Monday in October.  The 2010-11 term runs until early June, and the court will hear fewer than 100 cases per year — but those cases have a huge influence on … Continue reading

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Chinese Holidays — and using Wikipedia well

I’m planning to have my students correspond with students in China, and one of the students from China recently wrote me this email: “We are having the 7days holidays from October1st to October7th. So I have plenty of time to get all … Continue reading

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