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May 24, 2015 … Vol. 8 No. 35
THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Occasionally, as most of you know, I drop into chatrooms on America Online to sample public opinion and get a sense of America and Americans beyond what I curate from the media and absorb from daily living in Seattle, Washington.
For those of you unfamiliar with a chatroom, just imagine a big round table with as many as 36 people sitting at it talking to one another. Or yep, imagine a crowded restaurant or pub. Only in this case, it is people typing to one another in a rolling script that kind of reminds me of a player piano at times. In this modality, it is possible to read all the conversations and to me, that is one of the appeals of such a venue.
It is also ~ at least to my satisfaction ~ been validated that there is very little difference between the way people behave on the Net and off the Net. Granted, while the anonymity empowers the meek and angry and gives a voice to the seriously mentally disturbed, the medium also facilitates some outstanding communication and lifestyle sharing.
It is election season in America, just as it is in many other places on the planet. So I dropped into a Democrat/Liberal chatroom and a Republican/Conservative chatroom. I am disappointed to report that not unlike Congress here in the States, the people in these rooms were so busy bashing the other party that nothing within the context of solutions was ever proposed.
I have not lived a real long time but I have studied some on the history of a species that American humorist Mark Twain placed somewhere between the Great Apes and the French.
It is not competition which builds enduring nations. It is cooperation and consensus building. It is identifying goals common to all of us ~ and most of those are pretty fundamental and universal ~ and accepting no alternative but cooperative measures and programs to achieve those goals.
Have you ever noticed how the people with whom we agree are right up there next to whatever deity we hold dear while those with whom we do not agree are beneath even the Devil’s contempt?
Someone very close to me, God Rest Her Soul, occasionally found it prudent to remind me that there are generally three sides to every story; his, hers and the truth. That woman was not only the most beautiful creature God ever created, she was among the wisest. And I agree with her totally.
Thanks for the ear, then, gang. Have a good week. And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you. To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here
I sincerely hope whoever ordered this up can tread water for a very, very, very long time. Fishermen ‘should not save migrants’
That Murphy’s Law which contends that there is never time to do it right but always time to do it over is apparently (and sadly) alive and well in Nippon. Recalls Over Takata Airbag Defects Grow to 34 Million
This certainly does not bode well. Ebola Cases Rise in Guinea and Sierra Leone After Steep Drop
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
FROM THE UKRAINE
Eurovision has always been of interest especially for people in this part of the world. And this year’s conception – “Building Bridges” as official slogan for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest – is so timely. With about 40 countries participating, including Australia making its debut, it is a good place for singers and countries to leave a message to others and indeed great way to communicate internationally. One of the messages is tolerance. Another one is striving for peace. My personal gratitude to Hungary and its representative, Boggie, for her touching song and video.
There are, of course, many wonderful and cheerful performances to put dancing shoes on.
I asked my friend Theodora, who lives in Vienna, to share her impressions about the contest taking place in this city and her words: ” Well, I would say that most people have a positive attitude towards the ESC. People are proud that we’re hosting it, of course. There’s a big Eurovision village (I think that is what they call it) in front of Vienna’s city hall. People have been partying there for a couple of days now. Overall, the event appears to be well-organized. Personally, I won’t be able to attend the event itself but I did of course watch the semifinals on TV and I will most probably watch the finals too.”
Theodora is an acting president of the Austrian Biologist Association. They celebrate this week with the slightly different Song Contest, The European Song Contest of Animals: As she said, “We build bridges with the wild world!”
She also told me that some scientists even work in the field of plant bioacoustics/ As turns out, plants react to sound and may even be able to communicate using acoustic signals. Assuming next song in ABA contest will be dedicated to plants world.
We all belong to one Universe so let us build bridges.
Stay warm, Mishka.
Good for this folks. Singapore’s Postal Service Reinvents for the Digital Age
If these two can do this, there is hope for world peace. Nice going, guys. Prince Charles and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein Shake Hands
Now this, in my opinion, is the penultimate value of any new technology. Way to go, folks. Bringing the Personal Internet of Things to the Poor
Prospective employers around the world are going to be very glad to read about this. So is Global Academia, I imagine. Sigh. Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions
If Hell isn’t real, I’m going to be extremely disappointed because that is where these people belong. Boko Haram Militants Raped Hundreds of Female Captives in Nigeria
Bust these (word deleted by censor)! Pakistani Investigators Raid Offices of Axact, Fake Diploma Company
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
You cannot imagine how many times I have asked myself this very same question. Where is my solar car?
Is it just me or does personal motorized transportation seem to keep getting weirder and weirder? Meet the shape-shifting city car
This is totally cool. Futuristic “Exosuit” Helps Explore Ancient Computer Shipwreck and find art devices
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
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
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
BEST OF THE NET
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond its 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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I found this absolutely fascinating. The secret history of rhinos
I’ve seen this in action and I think most of you have too, if you’ve spent any time at all in the woods or the jungle. When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen
I am very glad I do not live where they do. The Most Extreme Fish On Earth
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