Saturday, July 10, 2010

Peru Mission

June 26 - July 4
37 high school students and staffers from Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan

We flew from Detroit to Atlanta, Atlanta to Lima, spent seven hours in the Lima airport until 6am, then flew from Lima to Iquitos. We took a bus from the city of Iquitos to the campus of Nina Rumi, then boarded the boat.
My small group before boarding the plane. We called ourselves Boose, short for caboose, because we were last to board.
This is the boat we took. In the past, Steve Irwin rode this boat for a special on pythons in the Amazon. (Photo credit: Corey Bowen)
All our supplies for the stations were stored on the top deck before we organized them. (Photo credit: Corey Bowen)
We saw two rainbows on Sunday: first when we got off the plane in Iquitos, then this one on the river. (Photo credit: John Pederson)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This part of my assignment is called: The Blog

“We’re all socialists now, comrade.”
- Gordon Brown after the Wall Street bailout

“You’re so like me.”
- Hugo Chavez to President Bush after the Wall Street bailout.

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
- Gerald Ford addressing Congress in 1974

Pop quiz: Who is more capitalist, the United States or China? The answer may be more nuanced than you think. It’s a trick question; one you may have the answer to but I certainly do not.

The United States has now bailed out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Citigroup, and others. Now they’re debating a bailout of Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, and the UAW. So what happens if a small business goes under? No bailout. What happens if big business goes under? Your tax dollars go to a mismanaged corporation and government takes the reins of said corporation.

socialism sō'shə-lĭz'əm n a political theory advocating state ownership of industry

China recently gave tax breaks to small businesses while the United States is nationalizing industries left and right.

I’ll pose the question again. Who is more socialist and who is more capitalist?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Do you have nightmares about pickles?

Normally it's the pickles that should be scared. Looks like the shoe's on the other foot.

Saturday, May 17, 2008