A View From the Edge

Involving the young

“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create,” Barack Obama said. It may belong to them, but at every turn we simultaneously tell the young they know nothing and make poor decisions. 

Modern learning — students having too much fun?

As kids prepare for the long summer break, parents wonder about education, what was achieved and what, perhaps, their kids should be learning during all those weeks of fun and games (and jobs). Anyone with kids sees the world around us changing almost with very month. How can we prepare kids, how can we give them that NASA, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk free-thinking spirit to become successful at wherever they can dream of?

People America doesn’t want

Every day the immigration people in this country chuck people out or chase them down and put them on the nearest plane (billing them if they have funds) for the privilege. The legal charge? They have overstayed their visa and they do not qualify as permanent residents. And a good thing too, you may be thinking.

The Global Spring

The globe is going through the most monumental upheaval I have ever seen. It started to be noticed with the Arab Spring that started in Tunisia and has swept, like a virus, across Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and a host of tribal and ethnic communities in Africa and the Middle East. Some of the rest of the world has caught the virus as well — notably there are signs in Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, the Philippines and Indonesia. Rumblings in Bangladesh and Pakistan are, similarly, worrying.

Science updates

Earth’s gravity is a constant, right? That is what they taught us in school anyway. Well, more than 10 years ago, a satellite called Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) had finished mapping the Earth and demonstrated that gravity varies all over the place. And it may vary by seasons as well. For example, in summer, the pull of the sun in our northern hemisphere is higher. 

Racism in America and the PC connection

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News you may have missed: real American heroes

A little over a year ago, an accident happened in southern Spain. In a way it was an ordinary accident, a flying mishap, a deadly crash. Eleven died, 21 were injured. Yet many survived, in a circumstance that demonstrated that American selflessness and heroism are alive and well.

Saving America with sports

Quick quiz: Who out there likes sports? Let’s hear a cheer! Now, who out there does not like sports? Silence, except for one reader, and you need to join the rest of America or leave. Sports is as American as apple pie. No dissension allowed here.

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