September 2005

On Education

September 29, 2005 // 1 Comment

Before I came to China, I was increasingly concerned about the state of our educational system. After attending university at the age of 28 in Pullman, Washington, I quickly discovered that in the five year break that I had taken since leaving the confines and comfort of the University life, that there was a general disconnect amoung students and their education. I frequently ran into immense apathy at Washington State University–a culture of middle class students who thought that by being able to afford to go to college, they were indeed entitled to the piece of paper. Sure they had to do a little work in order to make it, but since the workload rarely, if ever, interfered with their drinking, it was all okay. Instead of education being the last moment in your life to suck up the free flowing thoughts that were supposed to so token of the University experience, people seemed to not care in the least about their studies, but moreso in what kind of financial success it […]

Shanghai Golden Holiday 2005

September 28, 2005 // 0 Comments

Since I have just myself on the hard sleeper for Shanghai, I thought I would let all of you know a little information about the city I am about to get lost in for the next week….. I will put more up in the coming days. Shanghai big holiday drawcard Winny Wang 2005-09-27 Beijing Time . ABOUT 83.48 million people will visit Shanghai during the week-long National Day holiday, Youth Daily reported Tuesday, citing the Shanghai transport authority. The busiest day will be the National Day, October 1, when about 13.42 million people will hit the city’s streets. The authority expects 3.4 million people to use the city’s 40,000 cabs on the National Day and 2.24 million to take the city’s four Metro lines. More than 14,800 buses will also serve tourists in the holidays, known as one of the three Golden Weeks in China. Each of Shanghai’s five biggest taxi companies will put 400 cabs on reserve to meet emergencies. Local Metro operators will shorten the interval of Metro trains and […]

World Trade Center Fire Audio

September 26, 2005 // 0 Comments

In August 2005, the New York City Fire Department released approximately 23 hours of radio dispatch audio recordings from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This came after The New York Times, along with eight 9/11 families, sued to win public dissemination of the transmissions, as well as hundreds and hundreds of pages of transcribed oral histories.As a public service, Audible has selected nearly three hours of key, unedited transmissions by Manhattan Fire Radio. Fire Department dispatchers and firefighters in the field are heard describing the planes hitting the World Trade Center (included in Track 1), the collapse of the first tower (Track 2), and the collapse of the second tower (Track 3). These transmissions begin around 8:46 a.m. Eastern time and end at around 10:22 a.m.

Pickpocketing

September 26, 2005 // 0 Comments

Well, I have been in China for nearly a month and tonight my wallet was finally stolen. Pickpocketing here is the national past time as I was inducted into the hall of shame. I was riding the bus back from the city center at 6pm, rush hour. Sadly enough I had just gone into the McDonalds to get myself a shake and some fries (the food is still getting to me) and return back in enough time for English corner. (English Corner, I should mention, is the moment where the students gather together to speak English) I was invited to speak tonight as an introduction and answer some questions about the United States. I was running a little late and in my haste was not even thinking about the possibility of getting my wallet jacked. The people here are so very kind and I took for granted the geniune curosity of these people. Normally when the bus is packed, we just wait for another bus to come along, but since this was […]

Those of Us Who Know That America’s Worth Fighting forHave to Take It Back Now from Those Who Don’t

September 24, 2005 // 0 Comments

There is no posting from me today because the time in which I dedicate to telling you about my time here in china was breeched by this story. Please take the time to read it all, it pretty much says what I think many of us feel, even is it was written by a kennedy. For those of you concerned, my large intestine is doing quite well now. 🙂 Those of Us Who Know That America’s Worth Fighting forHave to Take It Back Now from Those Who Don’t by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Speech delivered at the Sierra Summit 2005San Francisco, CaliforniaSeptember 10, 2005 I want to tell you how proud I am to accept the William O. Douglas Award. Two of my most poignant memories as a child involved Justice Douglas. One of them was when I was 11 years old I did a 20 mile hike with my little brother David and with Justice Douglas and my father, which was a bird watching hike on the C & O Canal […]

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