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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Volume 6, No. 42
AMERICA IS NOT WASHINGTON, DC; IT IS AMERICANS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, this certainly has not been a good week for the American government. After defending the National Health Care Act with the ferocity of a lioness, President Obama then had to apologize for the website not working.
In the denial of malicious intent by the National Security Administration is definitely not playing well as more of the world’s national leaders find out the NSA has been spying on them.
The eagle is beginning to look a lot like a very disoriented cuckoo bird, no offence intended to either fowl.
Just for the record, a lot of Americans don’t like this blatant display of ineptitude, lying and pandering to the lowest common denominator either. Just as they do not suffer in silence, they have traditionally never rolled over when things get as clearly out of hand as they have on that piece of swamp land on the banks of the Potomac.
We are not the grandeur of Versailles nor the solemnity of BuckinghamPalace. We are not even our own national monuments. We are city councils and school boards, planning commissions and county boards of supervisors, and state capitols usually not sited in our largest cities but in our most manageable.
The decisions these “governments” make is what truly defines America, not those of these misguided minions who placed their own vested political self-interests above the welfare of the national constituency and nearly brought a nation to its knees.
We, the people, will speak and when we are finished, Washington, DC will again be a place where citizen legislators meet to decide the destiny of millions.
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, here’s good news. NYC hurricane expert: “Sandy wasn’t the Big One”
We realize this isn’t earth-shaking but there’s something so incredibly globally appealing about it, we just could not resist sharing it here. This tiny fluorescent vest helps your backyard chicken cross the road safely
Here’s an idea whose time has definitely come. Helsinki’s personalized bus service is like Uber for public transit
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
WAR ON TERROR
The Canadian job market is a lot better than we’ve been led to believe. To find out why, please go here.
She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.
Sam: Well, what do you thnk, Felina? How do I look, Luv?
Felina: Dear, I thought we were not doing Halloween this year?
Sam: This isn’t for Halloween, Sweetheart.
Felina: Then no, I do not like it, mate of my three lifetimes.
Sam: Without even knowing what it’s for?
Felina: I know what it is for.
Sam: It looks like a real fun game, Felina.
Felina: I am sure. That poor human who fled halfway around the planet before the Great Bear let him sleep in its den does not, somehow, seem to me to be enjoying it very much now.
Sam: Sometimes patriotism is hard.
Felina: And sometimes, my love, you are so full of it you fertilize moss.
Sam: This is also true, oh sun and moon of my life. So I take it you are not letting me go into the international espionage business?
Felina: That would be an incredibly sage assumption, yes. You would not be helping.
Sam: I can’t see how I could possibly mess it up any more than it already is.
Felina: That, Samuel, is to underestimate the human capacity for making it worse with very little inspiration. If Divine Intervention has not helped them, Obnoxious Intercession can only make it worse.
Sam: Good point. Sigh. I probably need to find another hobby.
Felina: Perhaps you should start watching more icicles melting. It is not as exciting as the international espionage business but it is much safer.
Sam: And probably a lot easier on the nerves of my mate of three lifetimes.
Felina: Very probably, my love.
Sam: So on that note and still no Halloween in this cave?
Felina: So on that note then, Gentle Readers, Happy Halloween. May the Creator bless and keep you. Until next week then, eh?
Video: Doctors Without Fear – Doctors in Syria are taking the Hippocratic Oath to the limits and what they have done to expose the use of chemical weapons will go down in history.
Here’s how several schools in China became the world’s best. The Shanghai Secret
We’re glad to see this. We just regret what it took to get them to act in the first place. F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths
We certainly do not envy this nation its reputation for this. But we also bear in mind that this country can also change this if it becomes important enough. Until it changes, I would not want this place a truly bonafide member of the global community. Gang Rape in India, Routine and Invisible
This day darkened the skies over all humanity. F.B.I. Begins Inquiry in Deputy’s Killing of 13-Year-Old Boy
FROM YOU GUYS
I am sending this as a separate thing rather than as part of my regular Thought For The Day mailing because I am so blown away. Talk about another world. How we “Westerners,” including me, until my daughter sent me information about this group, often have no clue:
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EXPORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Being a mountain biker, I thought this was totally cool. Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel
Thanks to a record left by ~ of all things, bee pollen ~ scientists now believe the demise of some ancient civilizations may have been due to climate change.
HERE ON EARTH
BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Halloween?
THE GREEN AGENDA
Sometimes people live longer and better when they know their last wishes are going to be respected. Giving a Wife Her Front-Yard Grave, No Matter What
This cannot come as real good news. But on the other hand, there are things a mother can do to mitigate the risks. Breast Milk Donated or Sold Online Is Often Tainted, Study Says
This is certainly long overdue. F.D.A. Urging a Tighter Rein on Painkillers
ON THE CANCER FRONTCancer: What You Need to Know American Cancer Society Canadian Cancer Society
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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.
GOOD BYE, COACH JAMES
Seattle said good by to University of Washington Husky football coach Don James, who died Sunday, October 20, of pancreatic cancer. In his 17 years as the head dawg of the purple and silver, he won more games than any other coach in the history of the school. For more on a moving tribute to a great man, please go here.
Because of the recent attention paid to it by our media here in the Greater Puget Sound/Salish Sea, we are adding an earthquake link to the Seattle Directory below. What we particularly appreciate about this, among several others we tried out? KING 5’s link also features earthquake news from around the world.SEATTLE DIRECTORY THE TODAY FILE: “The latest news from Seattle & around the Northwest” Earthquake Watch 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
Feature Magazine Articles
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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
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is the kind of compassion which will one day make this planet a healthy place for all creatures, great and small. “Blackfish” on CNN: Documentary about Captive Orca Whales Goes Mainstream
Marine biologists are trying to determine what is causing mass die-offs of starfish in Seattle, Washington’s ElliotBay and further north, in the waters off Canada. For more on this animal detective story, please go here.Living With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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