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Hello dear readers! I know many of you voted for me to travel to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but unfortunately finances are tight and airfare there too expensive. So, in a week, I'll return to my beloved Maine and go on another road journey to New England. During the trip, I plan on meeting with Samantha Smith's mother in Boothbay Harbor. What questions do you want me to ask her?

I've had no time for the blog recently due to a hectic work and life schedule. :(  However, next week I'll show you "good Russia," with stories about Kazan and Ples from the winter journey. In the meantime, please let me know what questions you have for Samantha's mom. I'm happy I can finally leave the office for a week, meet with her, and relax in the beautiful surroundings of cozy New England. Does the younger generation in Russia know about Samantha's legacy? How do they learn about her? Or, is she mostly known to those who grew up during the Soviet period? I think her mother will be interested in knowing these facts. :) Have a nice weekend!

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peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
What do you mean "respecting foreign sovereignty?" Give me an example please. If you live in Seattle and want to know the weather in Vancouver, it's very simple. :) Simply go online, or watch a national broadcast like CNN or Fox News, or the Weather Channel. For the intelligent and curious, no issues are outside their scope. We live in an era of information overload, so those who wish to be informed on any topic can read a multitude of resources to formulate opinions about almost any global topic. But most people are too lazy to do it. I don't think there should be a "world police" either, but it's a delicate balance. Stronger nations should sometimes help weaker ones.
pin_gwin
Jul. 31st, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
on >>respecting foreign sovereignty<<
There is a key moment in "Quite American" . I do not remember the exact quote, it was like this... The CIA agent is saying to the reporter - "And what would you do if they elected who they did?"
>>On weather - of course I can find out it online, the question is - why Euronews are showing it all over the globe. It's a reflection of different mentality.
>>People are too lazy -- this is true, and they are fed by what someone decided they should know, cheery-picked.
>>delicate balance - I agree, however, what I see, US if well beyond it, and GosDep (a swear word in Russia) knows it well, otherwise it will not be providing this help using middleman shadow structures, visually separating their activities from itself and making them nontransparent for that lazy people? who will not dig to figure out why Putin is stopping this structures. Looks like the special operations to me.
The real way to promote the values is not funding anti-government organizations, but setting the examples of these values in action inside... You mentioned earlier educational system. It is now set to be a money machine. I would add here healthcare, social security, racial issues, poverty and low incentives to get job instead of abusing ssi. The exceptions could be done only for emergencies like natural disasters.


Edited at 2015-07-31 07:05 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it's always interesting to hear your views. :) About education, yes it's a big business and not only tuition for schools, but also all the prep tests involved (like the LSAT for law school, GMAT for grad school, etc.). Plus, many people take courses to prepare for these tests. All of it is very, very expensive unless you get a scholarship or grant, or have rich parents to pay for everything. Most people are not born with this luxury.
pin_gwin
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
In the morning today I watched CollegeBoard briefing reporting that some leading U's are drafting the plans to abandon SAT/ACT.... to provide the way for even bigger diversity and considering what family income level is. I feel my 14 years daughter, going 1-2 years above age all AP classes with an excellent grades has no chances there and condemned to go to local state U. She is not diverse and poor enough. I am very skeptical on how their acceptance work. The only good news is that it would be definitely easier for my wallet.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's true. Just this week, one of the most prestigious universities - George Washington University - made the announcement students no longer have to take these placement tests for admissions. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/07/27/george-washington-university-applicants-no-longer-need-to-take-admissions-tests/. You think this is good or bad?
pin_gwin
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Value failure detected :)
I can have an opinion on that only if I would understand the whole process and matrix of decision making of the acceptance. The tests may not have a big weight there even before elimination. The process never was disclosed, and having good grades and test scores only get you in state universities for sure, otherwise it's a lottery. Also, inheritance acceptance should be thrown away. I could not understand why some high rank politician, graduated from Yale automatically paves the road for his average grade son? But it's official. And where are all these equal opportunities?

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