Random Notes

Tomorrow (later today, technically) I’m off to Utah for a few days. I’m looking forward to an opportunity to experience some real skiing in the Rockies.

In other news, I came across this interesting story about the crew who flew to China on April 12, 2001, to pick up the crew from the U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft that collided with a Chinese fighter.

I also wanted to post a Q&A from the BBC on the European Union. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, talks on a new Constitution to replace and solidify an EU government collapsed over issues surrounding representation. In truth, the core issue around representation remind me of the same issues that were instrumental in the creation of the two houses of government. Small states, in that time, wanted equal representation with large states. Large states wanted clout relative to size. Hence, the Senate and the House were formed. A similar arrangement might be of value in the EU, if they were willing to consider a compromise that the U.S. first decided upon.

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