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Friday, November 6, 2009


The following continues the serialization of Chapter 3 on education from SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity:

High School Courses in Relationship

Thus far, all the relationship ideas have come from PhD’s with impressive credentials. I would like to balance these inputs with “The Young View” column written by Katie Young, from MidWeek, published in Honolulu on November 16, 2005 . She writes that high schools should teach courses in:

Divorce—How to Deal

Why Dad Wants to Tell You All His War Stories and Why You Should Listen

They’ll be Dead Some Day, So Show Them the Appreciation They Deserve Today

How to Treat the Ones You Love

There were more, but you get the point. She covers rigor, respect, relevance and relationship. Young goes on to say that “school is supposed to prepare us intellectually to find the career most suited to us, but as far as I can remember, there was no course offered in emotional intelligence to help us maneuver through our relationships.” Further, “how do we become good partners when all our lives we’ve been taught to be strong individuals?” I couldn’t have said it any better.


Unemployment finally shot past 10%, reaching 10.2%, the highest in 29 years. Yet, the Dow Jones Industrials meandered around even, finally ending plus 17 at 10023, while world markets were also mostly up. Gold is getting close to $1100, now at $1095--yes, another all-time high--up $4/toz, while crude oil dropped down to $77/barrel.


Ida is now a tropical depression at 35 MPH over Honduras, but should return to the Caribbean and slightly strengthen. The latest models do not show any hurricane potential. Invest 96 in the East Pacific could do anything, but remains a 35 MPH disturbance.


Country #120 entered the site:


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After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first president, Alexandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

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I reviewed Belarus on July 17, interestingly enough, the last country I blogged about. Belgium is the next country on my survey list.


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