- Sweet, Stephan A. & Grace-Martin, Karen. Data Analysis with SPSS: A First Course in Applied Statistics (Boston: Pearson Education, 2003)
- This book uses two data sets on disk. The disk was not available to borrow. Then using this data the authors guide the student through the process of analysing and intrepeting the data. The main focus is on interpretation of data.
- Cincotta, Richard P. & Engelman, Robert & Anastasion Daniele. The Security Demographic: Population and Civil Conflict After the Cold War (Washington, D.C.: Population Action International, 2003).
- This book uses maps, tables and population pyramids to look at possible causes or corelates to civic conflict. One main point from demographics is that as countries pass though the phases of the demographic transition they become less prone to civil conflict.
- Dingledine, Roger. Privacy Enhancing Technologies: Third International Workshop, PET 2003 Dresden, Germany, March 2003, Revised Papers (Berlin: Springer, 2003)
- I have not looked at this book yet.
- Bland, Douglas L. & Maloney, Sean M. Campaigns for International Security: Canada's Defence Policy at the Turn of the Century (MOntreal, Que.: McGill-Queens University Press, 2004)
- This books looks at Canada's various defence operations and policy in the 1990's and presently.
- Mauroni, Al. Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Reference Handbook (Sanata Barbara, Ca: ABC-CLIO, 2003).
- This is basic book that covers chemcial and biological warfare. The author questions whether these weapons are really a moral issue and says they are not thus showing how American scholars do not question warfare as much as other world scholars.
Friday, May 28, 2004
I worked for two hours this morning on my paper and presentation which are the only graded components of the course besides participation. I also spent two hours reading some new books and old books last night related to the course. That makes about 43 hours now outside of the class room. Or about 5/1 outside/inclass ratio. Down from last week but still above ideal.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Monday, May 24, 2004
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Friday, May 21, 2004
I also talked to my scheduling supervisor in another job and there is no work this week or next.
Therefore I should try to get as much of my school work done as possible in this week and next.
I was able to help with the newspaper route today. The fellow who does the route D is limping badly and it is sad to see him have to work himself to death just to make a living. He is a polio survivor.
I have another job where I have completed my hours for fiscal 2003 now. My employer the self help group network now owe me nothing and I owe them nothing. We need to negotiate the next years work, that is this year fiscal 2004.
I have a computer slide show started on emergency preparedness and GIS for this course. I also have a paragraph or two started for my course paper. I did both of these study tasks with Open Office (www.openoffice.org).
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Monday, May 17, 2004
I have one more paper still to read in chapter 2 then 6 more chapters. Right now I am going to read a little more about computers.
I had some thoughts tonight of beginnning and continuing to study for the LPI 101 certification again. But I can't afford anything extra right now and one of my domain names is up for renewal and I have an idea for a new domain name to point to my computer log book blog.
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Friday, May 14, 2004
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Here is a quote about insight that is good and possible uplifting. Warning this effect will wear off in the company of clinical psychiatrists
From the section in chapter 4 entitled "I may be crazy, but I am not stupid"
In this way, schizophrenia appears to be similar to other illnesses that manifest certain signs and symptoms behaviorally without, or prior to, more internal changes. Unlike fever, in which the person feels hotter than usual, diabetes, for example, may at first be suggested through frequent urination but then is diagnosed through blood tests. Prior to experiencing what one comes to recognize as the effects of low blood sugar, there is no experience of diabetes per se. Even in cases in which the signs or symptoms of an illness maybe experienced subjectively as well as observed behaviorally, such as the difficulties in breathing characteristic of asthma, the person is not aware of the nature of the illness until these signs have been explained through a healthcare provider's assessment and diagnosis. The same appears to be true of psychosis; there is no definitive experience of psychosis per se from which a person might then infer independently "I am suffering from a psychotic disorder"
Is this what is meant by the lack of awareness of illness in schizophrenia? It would be unreasonable to describe people with schizophrenia as lacking insight just because they were unable to determine the nature of their disorder on their own......
[Larry Davidson, Living Outside Mental Illness: Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia (New York: New York University Press, 2003) p.133.]
Monday, May 10, 2004
Sunday, May 09, 2004
I am relaxed a bit. I did attend the conference for one sesssion yesterday. This session concerned Mexican labour and also childbirth in Europe and also the changing age of women who give birth. I asked one question of a grad student. After the session I talked a bit over coffee with the student M.R. who had studied the Mexican labour demographics and told her about my labour research at Stat's Can. I took some free coffee.
After this session I took the train home and then stayed up with my wife. We talked a lot. I showed her my clinical nursing handbook and how to use it. I read a little para-psychology from a philosophy course reader and then slept at 3 or 3:30. I woke up at about 1 am this morning
I am getting my sleep adjusted so I can attend a three day workshop and be on time. The workshop starts on Wednesday this coming week.
Saturday, May 08, 2004
Friday, May 07, 2004
My dad Thomas Timusk was written up in this month's Scientific American. He kept copies of this magazine in his office for years. He seems to have ruled out some possible explainations for behaviour of High-Tc superconductors in an experiment. He has been working in super conductivity research for over twenty years now.
I sent the professor an email regreting my low grade. I also emailed someone in support at the Paul Menton Centre.
I am just taking time off and and have been talking with friends last night and working on computer configurations in the wee hours of the morning.
Thursday, May 06, 2004
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
I have a workshop next week that is three days long at the other university in town. This workshop is in math and covers shape optimisation. This will be my first advanced math workshop. Feeling like John Nash, I am.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Now in our course we may look at CBW policy because this was an issue in Iraq.
This book taught me that chemical weapons facilities can not be verified as easily as biological and thus this non verifiability was a stumbling block to updating chemical weapons agreements for arms control.
This book could show how we ended up doing what we have done in Iraq. But is that all of us? Did we all do something in Iraq? I have a vauge idea that chemical warfare was used in the Iran-Iraq war. I had seen soliders die in troves on TV as they were gased. So was it Iraq's path or the path of the US or the path of arms control that lead to the frantic search for chemical and biological weapons in Iraq.
Also this book at no time said it was possible for a smaller power to effectively use these types of weapons. Especially biological weapons were beyond the hands of smaller states so we could assume that terrorists could not have had the ability to use these weapons in 1976. Whether they have them now is another question that I think plays into massive changes in quality around the world(globalism), in this case the quality of chemical weapons production tools.
Monday, May 03, 2004
CARLETON UNIVERSITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL POLICY SUMMER SCHOOL 2004 MAY 17 TO JUNE 25
Human Rights and (Over) Reaction in a Security Conscious WorldLAWS 4701A
Title: Sovereignty & Security: Balance in an Unbalanced WorldInstructor: Chris McNaught
Lessons learned? A post-9/11 Afghanistan-Iraq critical analysis of national and international (over) reaction to the current phenomenon of terror: are we truly ‘fighting terrorism’, or just wounding civil liberties? Already, legal challenges have surfaced to the indefinite incarceration of ‘enemy combatants’ at Guantanamo Bay, the integrity of any related tribunal hearings, the (U.S.) Patriot Act, the (Canada) Anti-Terrorism Act, immigration policies (minister’s certificates, racial profiling); taken with continued bombings (Spain, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan) should we question whether legislative and policy responses were symbolic, short-term political messages rather than effective security measures. Did we/will we compromise or sell out our sovereign identity under such seductions as a ‘North American defence perimeter’ and new versions of Star Wars? Are we any safer than before---who are ‘we’?
I am reading Ranger, Robin, The Canadian Contribution to the Control of Chemical and Biological Warfare (Toronto, Ont.: Canadian Institute of International Affairs, 1976). This is for my criminal justice and social policy workshop this summer and is background reading. I am about halfway through this short book. It covers the recent history of the use of these weapons and also looks at the use of riot gas in the Vietnam war. The focus on this book is Canadian knowledge in this weapons field and how that knowledge can help us effect policy in the international arena.