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May 2010



What Did I Say About Pensions?

May 31, 2010 – Comments (3)

Even if pension funds could earn the insane expectation of 8% per year, they are still underfunded, according to Kellogg School of Management.  [more]



Debt borrows from the future economy

May 20, 2010 – Comments (10)

There are some pretty disturbing graphs on debt on  [more]



That Oil Slick

May 17, 2010 – Comments (9)

I have been following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, indeed, as we are looking at marine systems in science it has been an incredible opportunity to bring news into the classroom.  Also, our marine systems unit has students look at oil drilling that could happen in the Beaufort Sea area.  [more]



China's Bear Market

May 16, 2010 – Comments (9)

I have seen a number of articles on China's housing bubble, over building and certainly they had huge government works projects for their Olympics.  Safehaven had an article about their stock market being down 25% from peak.    [more]



Muskrat Love

May 13, 2010 – Comments (12)

It has been an interesting week, known as culture week around here.    [more]



Heading further north

May 08, 2010 – Comments (5)

This summer I am heading to an Tundra Science camp north of Yellowknife which studies tundra ecology and research around the permafrost and that sort of thing.  It is a completely self contained community in that it has systems to produce all of its energy and water.  I am going to help supervise 12 high school students who will also attend.  I believe the camp has about 20 researchers from various universities for about 4 months of the year and it is shut down for the winter.  It should be interesting because the researchers all different areas of expertise.  [more]



Local Economy

May 06, 2010 – Comments (6)

Just reading up here, we have an estimated 3000 billion cubic feet of natural gas here.  Going to visit an oil rig on Monday I think.



Consumer spending?

May 06, 2010 – Comments (5)

This is curious to me, consumer spending above the peak in November 2007?  [more]



Private Colleges A Disaster For Students

May 03, 2010 – Comments (8)

Here's a Canadian article on student loan repayment and in Canada the private education institutions are proving to be disasterous for young people.  [more]



The Bull Died and the Bears Are Out

May 02, 2010 – Comments (9)

When I drive into town about half way there has always been a lone bison bull.  A friend said that bull was not part of any herd and had been out there alone for as long as she could remember.  Well, today I saw a dead bison bull off the highway, and I think it was that one.  He was getting old.  [more]

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