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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Volume 6, No. 40
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines an obstructionist as someone who engages in the deliberate interference with the progress or business especially of a legislative body.
The term apparently first appeared in 1879. The practice has been around much longer. The behaviour appears endemic to our species. We engage in it at every age and on every level of human interaction as a means of achieving a goal, end or purpose we could not achieve if we were to “sit down and reason together.”
It is not surprising to most of us, I suspect, that many elected officials do this. What I suspect profoundly shocks us all is that a stubborn and obviously deluded cabal of them could thwart both the mightiest government and the strongest economy on the face of the planet.
So much for the checks and balances our Constitutional forefathers structured into that ubiquitous but oft misunderstand body of legislation. Even the Supreme Court has been rendered impotent in these trio of crises: finance, government operation and national health care.
It does not bode well for any nation when the vainglorious ambitions of civil servants transcend their job descriptions. These supercilious twits will not survive re-election and the party they represent will never again know the measure of trust which has produced outstanding statesmen since Abraham Lincoln.
It will never be the same for any politician in America. The worst we have believed of that subspecies has manifested itself and national misery has been the result.
Like other life forms which grew too large or too stupid to survive, the pachyderm and the jackass have sealed their own extinction.
Let us pray that what replaces them bears no resemblance to either.
IN OTHER NEWS
A year ago this week, in northwest Pakistan, a school girl was brutally attacked by the Taliban for defying them. They nearly killed her and it probably would have been better for them if they had. She is being called “the bravest girl in the world,” and while this may not ~ in the strictest sense of the expression, be true ~ she certain represents the youth of the world. ABC News has more.
We would like to wish Canada a Happy Thanksgiving. They celebrate tomorrow, Monday, a month or so earlier than America. The theme is the same and most of the traditions. For more about Canada’s version, yep, please go here.
I was not aware that they did this. But having served with some of them in a long ago war, I am not surprised. If I ever go to general quarters on the sea again, I want a good lifejacket and an Australian on all four sides of me. Abbott welcomes home 230 sailors after anti-piracy mission
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS
NATIONAL HEALTH CARE ACT
NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Protesters Invade National Parks
Shutdown Hits Antarctic Research
WAR ON TERROR
This has to be just a little embarrassing to the Armed Forces Council, we suspect. Brazil revelations are tip of iceberg on Canada’s foreign spying, U.S. journalist says
And we agree that this question really needs to be asked. Why is Canada spying on Brazilian industry? Time to examine priorities
Sam: Sweetheart, it’s getting’ kind of late for a school night? And a little on the chilly side, at least out here?
Felina: It is an ideal night for sky watching and reflection, Samuel.
Sam: And apparently a night for celebration, according to your one eyed buddy Arnie.
Felina: Arnold, Dear.
Sam: Him too. Anyway, according to the cyclops in the den, that human storyteller you liked so much has won their highly coveted Nobel Prize for Literature.
Felina: For this I am very glad. But it is also a painful reminder that she retired from writing at the start of the warm season. It has been very sad not to hear her voice, Samuel.
Sam: Felina, she was 82 in sun years. That is not young for them.
Felina: It is not old for a Canadian. We live much longer because we do not cause the world very much aggravation.
Sam: No argument there. Anyway, the human media is calling her “the quiet Canadian: who conquered the literary world”. Apparently, she walked softly and carried a big shtick.
Felina: Cute, mate of my life. You make me smile in spite of myself sometimes.
Sam: I’ve read her stuff, Felina, and I really like it.
Felina: You like any human who basically shares your opinion of their species, Samuel Alexander.
Sam: This is also true. But really, Alice Munro had style. It was like she could call somebody the son of a sled dog and make it sound like a compliment.
Felina: Again with the laughter, my love, and thank you.
Sam: Sure and oh yeah. What I also enjoyed so much about her? She walked as quietly in the woods as we do.
Felina: We will certainly not see her likes again, mate mine.
Sam: Nope, Sweetheart, at least not in this life. But in the next one, after she’s rested some? She’ll start up again. Humans are like that. If they’re good at something, they hang onto it, even Up Yonder. Between now and then, we can still read her stuff. Maybe, that way, it’s like she never stopped singing. She’s just takin’ five.
Felina: Oh Samuel, I like that. I like that very much.
Sam: Then on that note then, Felina?
Felina: So on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator bless and keep you. Unitl next week then, eh?
We love it when something like this happens where we live. The Seattle Humane Society set a record with weekend adoptions.
This speaks for itself. Eloquently. Slide Show: Peace, Purpose and a Pool — Sweetwater Spectrum, a California residence for autistic adults, hopes to become a model for like-minded experiments across the country.
27-Year-Old Prodigy Dr. Kira Radinsky Talks About Her Award-Winning Software That Predicts The Future. I was totally impressed with this person. Totally.SHORTS The Quiet Canadian: How Alice Munro Conquered The Literary World The City Reservoir Powered By Solar Panels Utah National Parks Open Saturday Headmaster Cancels Class for Great Weather France Upholds Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing
At a time when these little guys are making a biological come back, this should not have happened. Thousands of Minneapolis bees killed by pesticides
Not in a million years would we ever condone this. Town Lets Visitors Swim with, Eat Dolphins
Our favorite weather person is on FOX News 13 here in Seattle. So this was not fun to learn about. Nearly 70 percent of Fox climate pundits doubt global warming
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Here is something we are certain is going to arouse some controversy, albeit not from us. Scientists have grown an extinct tree from ancient seeds
We don’t know of anyone except marine scientists and professional divers who work immersed in water. But we thought this was cool anyway. This floating bicycle lets you bike to work even if there’s a river in the way
Meet the Mars Society.
OUTER SPACE SHORTS
CLOSER TO HOME SHORTS
TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS & GADGETS
BIG ROCKS IN SPACE AND WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT THEM
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Nobel prize winners?
THE GREEN AGENDA
This will come as good news to the 100 million Americans who have either smoked marijuana and/or still do. Marijuana has not been linked to lung cancer when use is light or moderate.
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Men who suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB) may be at greater risk of cancer. For more, please go here. And consult with your local health care provider.LINKS Cancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
BEST OF THE NET
Just in time for Halloween, behold the pumpkin cannon.
Video: Modern Love: Lost and Found — A 17-year-old girl, given up for adoption at birth, finds her biological mother on Facebook.
BLOGS WE FOLLOW
GRITtv With Laura Flaunders is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
Meade’s California Coast is moving commentary and photos by one of that state’s premier photojournalists. Short, poignant and memorable, it is a tribute to both the craft and the subject.
No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post. I totally geek out when I read these folks.
The Tomatoman Times – Sardonic, ironic, sometimes poignantly incisive, this is also one of the longest running human interest blogs on the Net and well worth the read.
COOK THAT CHICKEN, FOLKS
Because of a possible issue of salmonella contamination, those who purchased chicken from Foster Farms recently are reminded that the bacteria can be killed by cooking the fowl at 165 degrees F/73.8 C. For more information, please go here.
STATE LEGISLATORS SHOULD BE FINED $250 A DAY FOR SPECIAL SESSIONS, NEW POLL SHOWS
KING 5 News asked its audience Saturday if they thought state legislators should be fined $250 a day for Special Sessions. Of over 6,000 responders, 93% said yes.
SEATTLE’S FAVORITE FOOD TRUCKS
Now that it’s starting to rain again, it’s probably a good time to take a look at Seattle’s favorite food trucks, right?SEATTLE DIRECTORY THE TODAY FILE: “The latest news from Seattle & around the Northwest” What’s Going On In Seattle? Seattle Restaurant Guide Here’s the 10 day forecast Seattle Weather Map of Seattle Seattle City Cams More Seattle Facts & Figures KOMO 4 News (ABC) KIRO 7 (CBS) KING 5 News (NBC) Seattle Times
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
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We totally agree that a giant squid is terrifying even in death
In Planet of the Apes, human beings were conquered by simians. Here’s another startling scenario. Planet of the Octopuses: What Animal Species Is Most Likely to Rise Up and Overthrow Humans?
FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
And from our friends of birds at CornellUniversity’s Lab of Ornithology, here’s their most excellent October newsletter. Atlantic Puffin Stars in a Modern-Day Icelandic Saga is a sample of what’s in this one. Yep, for more, please go here.RELATED LINKS: Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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A FINAL WORD
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