Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that I’m keeping up with my Economics 101 course. I haven’t done much algebra since high school so that’s a feat.

We had a fun Thanksgiving with relatives from out of town, but I forgot how much work these celebrations are. I’d say my sister did most of the work, but still there was a lot to do. Yes, we had a lot of help, but at a certain point adding more people creates more work. I think there’s a theory or law that states as much.

I’ve started watching The Crown. I’m captivated by the stories, but not quite sure what I think of the new cast. I’ll let you know about that.

I resume working for the Census on Monday and will have 3 days of training this week. I’m curious what our next operation entails. I’m also looking forward to an evening cooking event at my library. It’s on holiday appetizers.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that last Monday we had another Library Board Meeting. Several members of the public, who’d spoken the previous month and asked that their comments be published in the Minutes in full, were upset that they weren’t. Short summaries that sugar-coated their remarks were there instead. This Board certainly isn’t willing to serve their community. They have their own interests, which I can’t fathom, at heart.

I have been working on my economics class and I’m enjoying it, despite the amount of algebra involved. University of the People is mainly taught via textbooks so I found a good video source, as I like that style of learning combined with books. Hillsdale College has an Economics 101 course.
 

I’m reading Edward Rutherfurd’s The Princes of Ireland and am captivated by the ancient history in the novel.

My sister, niece and nephew just arrived for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday my other sister and her husband will arrive. This year we’ll all be her for Thanksgiving, which hasn’t happened in years.

Happy Thanksgiving!
 

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you it’s been a quiet week, but busy. I spent a lot of time gathering data from a national website on libraries to refute the inaccurate information the director at my hometown library has used to defend her performance. It took hours to pull specific towns from all the libraries in the state. At one point I accidentally lost a chart and at the last minute had to recreate it. I hate rushing, but the work got one and it was well received.

I started another online class through the University of the People. I’d signed up for Algebra and Economics, but dropped Algebra as soon as I read the textbook. With U of the People because it’s tuition free there’s no lecture from the teacher it’s all textbook and this book was written as poorly as I remember my high school text was. I will stick with Economics as it’s a general overview and while it’s not my strong suit, I realize how understanding the economy better is useful.

I went to a book club discussion of Lucretius’ The Nature of Things, which I first read while studying classics. We got a good number of people, several new ones. The Nature of Things is a poem about science and ethics. We just read the first 2 parts. It’s amazing how Lucretius figured out things that modern scientists have supported.

Wednesday I plan to attend another book club on Fiona Barton’s The Suspect. It’s mainly set in Thailand where two British girls are found dead in a fire. The heroine is a journalist whose estranged son is off finding himself and saving turtles in Phuket, Thailand . . . or so she thinks. I’m not sure how much I like the story yet.

 

Death by China

This video should be required viewing. It shows how since joining the WTO, China has uses currency manipulation, protectionism, lack of ethics vis-a-vis workers’ rights and pollution to gain economic dominance. It proves, as the book Poorly Made in China does, that China is outmaneuvering the world when it comes to business competition.

Narrated by Martin Sheen and based on Peter Narravo’s book by the same title, the documentary clearly explains how China’s strategy to decimate its environment costing thousands of lives by allowing rampant pollution, how its currency manipulation works as a tariff, and how they have no plan to open their markets to foreign companies. Instead their game is to steal as much intellectual property they can so that they can just make their own cars, machines, electronics, etc. using the know-how of other countries to move forward.

The experts interviewed have great credentials and their insights line up with what I saw and heard when living in China. The pollution and lack of ethics are not exaggerated. Yes, most of the people I knew were nice, but there is a glaring lack of ethics and the good people were afraid of standing up for what is right. And it’s true that the government’s philosophy is completely contrary to Enlightenment principles.

Once they are on top there will be no catching them. The film shines like on what we should do now.