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Sunday, February 1, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 18
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
Rusty Miller – Editor
Denny Steussy – Associate Editor
Olha Bereza – European Associate Editor
AMERICA’S STORM OF THE CENTURY THAT WASN’T
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, now that America’s “storm of the century” has passed and was not, except in Boston,(US Admits Snow Forecast Errors) I’m breathing a sigh of relief. It’s been mostly monsoons, fog and cold sunshine in the Pacific Northwest. But those of us who have lived here for any length of time at all remember when it has not been this relatively mild.
I believe this is climate change in action and I’m behind the scientific community’s assertion that our lifestyle has caused a great deal of it. That aside, I think that one of the reasons it is easier for us up here to accept global warming ~ regardless the cause ~ is because in just Seattle’s King County alone, which is about the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined ~ we have something like eight microclimates.
It’s like, if you don’t like the weather where you are, hop a cross town bus. Everybody knows that and as a result, our media forecasters have a lot easier time of it because we don’t tend the burn the messenger if the news is bad.
We are young as cities go and somewhat parochial in our attitudes. We have nonetheless found that the best way to find out what the weather is involves nothing more complicated than walking outside. Especially in a place that has a different forecast for every zip code.
It’s the adaptability factor and it doesn’t involve complaining about it. It involves being prepared for it. More importantly, it means doing what we can ~ individual or corporate board ~ to stop contributing to it.
Sometimes I really do believe in comes right down to what so many human enterprises and interactions do and that is loving enough to make a difference. I’m a family man and the happiness of my kin and future generations means a lot to me. I expect it does to all of you as well.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
We so agree with this. Humans keep pushing planet’s boundaries, Nine environmental factors keep Earth livable. Scientists warn us that we need to be held within certain limits so that our species and other living organisms can continue to exist, and co-exist, on our relatively little blue-green marble.
When an organism like this can stay one step ahead of the most brilliant human medical minds on the planet, I really think we need to re-examine our definition of “intelligent life,” and accept that we may not be the epitome of it. Ebola virus mutating, scientists say
Not to single one nation out for it because all are guilty of it to one degree or another, perhaps we can learn from What You Need To Know About Chronic Sexual Violence In India
Key Nigerian City Under Fresh Attack
Eugene De Kock, South African Death-Squad Leader, Is Granted Parole
Obama Meets With New King Of Saudi Arabia
Houthi Leader Blames Separatists In South Yemen For Political Stalemate
Hezbollah ‘Wants No Israel Conflict’
Forceful Show Of Support As Huge U.S. Delegation Pays Respects To Saudi King
As Oil Prices Fall, Alaska’s New Governor Faces a Novel Goal, Frugality
McDonald’s Boss Steps Down
U.S. Economy Slowed In 4th Quarter, But Consumer Spending Boomed
As Measles Cases Spread in U.S., So Does Anxiety
Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change, Poll Finds
Climate Concern ‘Linked To Floods’
‘World Can Cut Carbon Emissions And Live Well’
As Ebola Ebbs In Africa, Focus Turns From Death To Life
Ebola Virus Mutating, Scientists Say
The Search For A Vaccine
Ebola: Mapping The Outbreak
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
C.I.A. Officer in Leak Case, Jeffrey Sterling, Is Convicted of Espionage
Group Linked To ISIS Says It’s Behind Assault On Libyan Hotel
French Police Question Boy, 8, Over Remarks On Paris Terror Attacks
CSIS (Canada’s Spy Agency) To Be Granted Massive Expansion Of Its Powers:
Islamic State Militants Say They Killed 2nd Japanese Hostage
Kurds Recapture Oil Facility In Northern Iraq From ISIS
Cease-Fire In Shreds, Ukraine Sees Heaviest Fighting In Months
Save The New Ukraine
Reporting On Ukraine’s Refugees, At Home And Abroad
‘People Live Here. Don’t Shoot': The Atmosphere Darkens As Divisions Deepen In Eastern Ukraine
Mortar Attacks Kill 7 in Donetsk as Ukrainian Fighting Rages On
A Silver Lining Coated in Coal Dust in Eastern Ukraine
This started when anti-Canadian sentiments were running high on the American northwest border. But it has gone on entirely too long and it certainly is not a reflection of our national character. Victoria’s Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It’s 1915
Nice going, folks. Toronto Cardiac Team Successfully Replaces Aortic Valve Through Neck Incision
This was a total trip. All Hail Miss Canada, The Vengeful God Of Hockey
Replacing Fresh Milk With Powdered At Federal Prisons Expected To Save $3.1m A Year
Tim Hortons Cuts 350 Employees
Wrongly Accused, Metro Vancouver Man Collects Millions From Ottawa
FROM THE UKRAINE
Here is a picture our readers might like. It was taken from the streets of Lviv, West Ukraine. It means “We are all fish in one sea.”
Lord Wellington’s words, “The only thing more tragic than a battle lost is a battle won” remind me of the pale face of my co-student. Her brother spent last winter at Maydan and afterwards, when insurgency started in the East, went there as a volunteer. He never came back.
One of my journalist colleagues, regarding the Charlie tragedy, wrote, “The pen will always be mightier.” I’m not sure if it can be mightier. Money and power are mighty enough to buy enough pens. But with freedom of speech some writers do provoke thoughts.
Quoting GG Byron:
“words are things, and a small drop of ink,
falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. “
Stay warm, Mishka.
Olha Bereza – European Associate Editor
An American police detective named Joseph Wambaugh did this and it worked out real well for him and his fans, me included. So good luck with this one. From Undercover To Book Cover: Mountie Ditches Job To Write Thrillers
Good call, My President. Obama: Protect Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Thomas Edison would be proud. A Water Main In East Portland, Oregon Is Now Powering Light Bulbs
The North Carolina Way
States Move To Make Citizenship Exams A Classroom Aid
Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy
This is inevitable but still sad, especially considering there are other ways to move a ship than by screw. Ship Propeller Killed Whale Found In Seattle
This was a major “ooops.” Government Employee Crashes Small Drone at White House
There was a time when I would have horse-whipped those responsible for something like this. 201 Dogs In Distress Removed From Alberta Property
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This reminded me of those Japanese Giant Whatever Stomps All Over Big Cities movies of the Fifties, which thanks to RTV, are apparently coming back. Come and have a go ~ Who would win fantasy fight between diplodocus and blue whale?
This to me is how our species will eventually reach the stars. Hoping to Set Sail on Sunlight
This is for the inner child in all of us. This Engineer Makes Amazing Model Trains
HERE ON EARTH
Ancient Skull Adds New Insight To Story Of Human Evolution
Giant Gap Between What Scientists, The Rest Of Us Think
Balloon Flight Makes History
Telescope Spies ‘God’s Hand’ In Space
Curiosity Rover Back In The Groove
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
Scientists Create First-Ever 3-D Map Of Greenland’s Ice Layers
Millions Paid by X Prize Foundation for Progress Toward Trip to Moon
The Girls Who Never Age
Off the 3-D Printer, Practice Parts for the Surgeon
Coder Creates Smallest Chess Game
Space 2020: What Happens Next?
NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Food Bikes Combine Our Two Favorite Things
Meet Germany’s One-Seat Wonder
At The Ends Of The Earth… And In The Middle Of The Energy Wars
Beyond Cow Poop: Oregon Utility Rolls Out New Climate Program
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
BBC Health: A To Z Of Medical Conditions
Beating The ‘Blues’ And ‘Blahs’ Of Seasonal Affective Disorder
More Information: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Health Feature: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Depression Symptoms: Not Just Feeling Blue
The Benefits Of Treating Depression
PULSE: By David B. Grinberg ~ Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
IS YOUR COMPANY A SOCIAL MEDIA DINOSAUR?
How savvy is your employer on social media? Has it staked out a strong social presence in cyberspace, or is it more like a meandering social dinosaur in Jurassic times? Today’s modern companies should know by now that embracing social media contributes to business success in the 21st century Digital Age. Here’s why:
Strategically leveraging social media can lead to increased profits, customer loyalty and trust, among a range of other business benefits (listed below). In short, implementing a smart social strategy simply makes good business sense.
This is especially true when considering the change in labor force demographics with younger generations increasingly entering the workforce. Couple that with the hyper-paced changes in new and evolving mobile, digital and virtual technologies which are now part of everyday life.
To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.
The Woman Who Swapped Her Home For A Hut Near Chechnya
Gen Y Defies Its Stereotypes
Crossrail: Who Wants To Work In A Tunnel?
Mormons Seek Golden Mean Between Gay Rights And Religious Beliefs
Obama’s Honor Work Of 12-Year-Old Child Slave Turned Activist During India Trip
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Unexpected Guests: Mystery Family Of Beavers Allowed To Stay In English River
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WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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