UW Professor Leads Academic Discussion in North Korea

You can’t call it a negotiation or a peace talk when no Government reps are present.

When I first read the title of the above article, I wondered what sort of stuff this professor was smoking, but in reading the article and commentary from others on the discussion that was held, it seems to me like this was just a mock trial sort of deal. I think it’s great that this man is choosing to do something about a problem he is very concerned about, but in the grande scheme of things, only talks between the governments of North Korea and other nations will resolve any of the problems there.

What I do think Mr. Hellman has managed to accomplish, is showing the North Korean government and other governments of the world that talks in North Korea are possible and a positive outcome, for all parties involved, is even more possible.… [Read More]

Deep Impact!

Very cool astronomical stuff!

The probe, Deep Impact, will impact with Comet Tempel 1 at 7:52 pm on July 3. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, be sure to get out your telescopes or binoculars, the ejection of dust and material from the comet will not be visible with the naked eye. The ejection is expected to happen somewhere between Jupiter and Spica in the sky, so make sure you’re watching!… [Read More]

Shades of the Rossi-Gregoire Battle to Come…

Interesting post on Gateway Pundit. (via Instapundit).

I posted a comment on here with regard to my feelings, and what I view as being the feelings of many of us who voted for Dino Rossi, (the fact that we voted for a guy named after Fred Flintstone’s dog notwithstanding). While I want nothing more in this whole debacle than for Gregoire to be proven the lying sack of trash that she is, I am really disappointed to see a candidate that I voted for stoop to the level of Al Gore in the 2000 election. I slammed Gore for that, and Mr. Rossi, I’m going to slam you for it too.

Our state and our nation would be much better served by a world where elections are simply that, elections, rather than years upon years of litigations. I didn’t register to vote so that a court could decide my opinion for me.… [Read More]

It’s coming..

.. the time of year when the Random Gemini has far more time to blog than she does now. I might actually be able to get involved in intelligent political discussion again, and I might know more than some vague remarks that other people have told me about current affairs.

Summer! I’m so looking forward to the end of Spring Quarter!

My summer reading list is as follows:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Adam, Eve and the Serpent by Elaine Pagels
Jingo, Monstrous Regiment and Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Witch World by Andre Norton

This is just the pile of books I currently own or have borrowed (two of them given to me at Christmas) that I need to finish before the summer is over.

The pile of stuff I want to read, but haven’t purchased yet.… [Read More]