If you know anyone remotely interested in flying (or teachers looking for interesting things to do with their classes), please encourage them to look up their local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. I'd never heard of them before I saw their planes on the airstrip, but it turns out they have some awesome opportunities, especially for young people. Orientation flights, flight training, international exchange program, scholarships, aerial reconnaissance experience for homeland security and emergency services - great experience for a range of interests! I wish I'd known about it when I was in high school.
One of the most impressive books I've read in a long time. Waking Dragon by Peter Navarro. About the current condition of China and how it is impacted the world on fronts from the international drug trade and manufacturing to the country's pending HIV epidemic and the coming China Wars. Somehow the author manages to condense an incredible amount of information into a quick paced, fascinating series of lectures. Check it out!