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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

An opposition that just says ‘No’ is cruel

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/opinion/the-real-winners.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120629

Article from NYT about Obamacare and the Supreme Court decision, but a para near the end made me think of Australia’s asylum seeker debate this week too. It talks of the opposition’s strategy of killing any reform ‘never mind the human consequences’. The Libs in Australia give me the same impression – say no to anything until they win the next election…

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Nixon’s biggest crime was far worse than Watergate

http://hnn.us/articles/nixons-biggest-crime-was-far-far-worse-watergate

Nixon’s actions to ensure no peace deal before the 1968 election and then ordered a burglary prior to watergate:

“There was a lot to anger Americans, including (1) interference with a U.S. presidential election (2) by a foreign government (3) that more than 30,000 Americans had died defending (4) and in whose defense hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers were then risking their lives. This interference (5) involved sabotaging peace talks aimed at producing a settlement that would allow those American soldiers to come home. Add to that the evidence that (6) this sabotage had the secret encouragement of the presidential candidate (7) who profited from it politically in an election he won by less than 1 percent of the vote. This was a scandal that could have changed history, had it the government not kept it secret.”

Wow!

How reliable are the social sciences?

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/how-reliable-are-the-social-sciences/?hp

Authority in social science vs science given greater complexity (and randomness of behaviour) of humans vs natural world.

The Perils of Internet Research: LBJ & Equal Opportunity

http://hnn.us/articles/perils-internet-research-case-lbj-and-affirmative-action

Two important points for this:
1. Look up Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action re Equal Opportunity in workplace) and you get amended version, not original, even at US Archives.
2. Great LBJ domestic policy case study for DPHIS Democratic States

Establishment of PRC

http://www-chaos.umd.edu/history/prc.html

Good overview of first years of PRC, domestic & foreign policy.

Table of Contents to History of China unit

Lies of US History

I saw similar in Lies My History Teacher Told Me, but it’s nice to have a few of these sorts of thingĀ on the web for easy access. (There’s a little bit of naughty language if you don’t like ‘sh!t’)

http://www.cracked.com/article_19864_6-ridiculous-lies-you-believe-about-founding-america.html

I like the way he critiques the story, then asks if we should really believe that. Reminds me a little of when I just make random stuff up in class to see if the kids are actually listening – or just gullible!

Might even use this for TOK in the history section – easier than digging outĀ  Reynolds v Windschuttle stuff, and this has pictures!

Self-promotion!

http://aiss-dphistory.wikispaces.com/

Ah, what the hell, a bit of shameless self-promotion. This is the wikispaces site that I’ve been developing over the last year and a bit for my IB Diploma history class. It’s mostly links and stuff, one day I’ll sit down and actually put together some original content too, but for the moment, it’s just to keep the students vaguely on track…

Difference between UK & Great Britain

http://geography.about.com/library/faq/blqzuk.htm

UK is the country: “UK of GB and Northern Ireland”
GB is the island consisting of Scotland, England & Wales.

Seems to me the ‘Poms’ as a collective picks and chooses: rugby teams of Eng, Scot, Wales, British Lions. Who do Northern Irelanders represent? Is it GB or UK at the Olympics?

No wonder this poor Aussie’s confused!

(Oops, maybe my category should’ve read UK? So why’s it the British Empire? …..)

What is the UK Constitution?

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-constitution

Short, clear explanation.

More from The Independent

Australian War Memorial

https://www.awm.gov.au/

Excellent site for huge range of resources on Australia’s involvement in war and peacekeeping operations.

See the Wartime page for some journal articles. Easy to lose a couple of hours here!

(I think it also has the downloadable Official Histories of Australia’s wars)

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