Archive for June 16th, 2011

June 16th, 2011 - 1:26 pm § in Misc.

Western Governors University of Washington .. up and running?

They even have a web site: There is a lot to look at there, but let me start on page one, the “about WGUW” page.  Over on the right they list two Washington state students who have praise for WGUW.  Here is one of these: “WGU has been the perfect solution for me as it […][...]

June 16th, 2011 - 8:44 am § in Misc.

The Veil Ban

from VOA France Detains Several People Enforcing Veil Ban (excerpts) Since the ban against face veils or niqabs was enacted in France last month, the government says police have stopped nearly 50 women who have worn them in public. Of that number, about 27 have been given the option of a fine or tak[...]

June 16th, 2011 - 8:00 am § in Misc.

Iran’s Space Program

Iran plans to send a live monkey into space in the summer, the country’s top space official said after the launch of the Rassad-1 (Observation-1) satellite, state television reported today. “The Kavoshgar-5 rocket will be launched during the month of Mordad [July 23 to August 23] with a [...]

June 16th, 2011 - 6:52 am § in Misc.

The Untold History of Socialism’s Spaceplanes

As the US shuttle era comes to an end and assorted entrepreneurs claim to be making space flight an option for the megarich, this amaziong video tells a story of the last gasps of the effort of the Communists to build a spaceplane.  One wonders how much of this China might do if there is […][...]

June 16th, 2011 - 6:40 am § in Misc.

Steve Ballmer’s approval rating plummets among Microsoft employees

from Geekwire , May 31, 2011  John Cook As the above chart suggests, it is not a pretty picture for the longtime CEO. Ballmer’s approval rating has dropped below 30 percent on a quarter-by-quarter basis, the first time that has occurred since Glassdoor started tracking CEO ratings in 2008. That c[...]

June 16th, 2011 - 6:09 am § in Schools & Colleges, UW

The Decline and Fall of Education in Washington State

During WWII something pretty amazing happened here …   A rural, hick state emerged at or near the top of America’s technocracy. Two war time efforts drove this transformation… Boeing built the airplanes that won the war and Hanford’s plutionium, dropped from one of those pl[...]