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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Volume 6, No. 44
A Veteran’s Request: PLEASE, IF YOU LOVE ME, NO MORE PARADES
Please, if you love me, no more parades.
If what I did was heroic, wait for the movie, but don’t ask me to watch it with you.
If what I endured was horrific to you, please don’t ask me to relive it for public consumption. If the media calls, tell them I’ve gone for a long walk.
If what I experienced shocked you, take a deep look into your own soul,
for therein lies the tainted wellspring of all human misery, all suffering, greed, rape, perversity and war; Satan’s panoply, from Auschwitz to Zaire.
Exorcise your own daemons before you bring me before Salem’s judges again.
If what happened to me empowered you, it was worth the suffering. If my stumbles along the way lit the path for you, I’ll stand to slapstick in a heartbeat, glad and proud for the chance to render Puck, with a Canadian brogue.
If your life’s been touched with love by what you’ve learned from my heart, there’s a place waiting for you at our table.
For supper this evening, we’re having cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade vegetable beef soup, hot cider and milk.
And don’t worry if you’re late.
We’ll keep the light on for you.
IN QUIET DEDICATION TO:
RM1 Hugh T. Ross, USS Hollister (DD 788)
Lt.(jg) Randall Brown, USS Hollister (DD 788)
Ens. Ted Friend, USS Blue (DD 744)
Cpl. John Greci, Americal Division
PO2 Scott Smith, Navy SEAL
The officers and men of the USS Blue (DD 744)
The officers and men of the USS Hollister (DD 788)
IN OTHER NEWS
We’ve long suspected this and a recent study seems to nail the lid down on it. Sugar is lethal. Americans alone eat an average of 20 teaspoons of it daily and the resulting health costs have reached the $1-trillion mark. For more on this one, please go here.
We love stories headlined like this: “A Satellite Is Falling to Earth and Nobody Knows Where it Will Land” The European Space Agency, the folks who put it up there in the first place, are reminding everybody that 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water and the remaining 30 percent is largely unoccupied. So the chances of 200 lb/91 kg pieces of this thing hitting us are (pardon the pun) astronomically against it. Uh huh. Let’s hope you folks are better at predicting this than you have been some other things that have happened since Icarus took to the air.
It seems to me a shame to have to legislate healthy food but since that seems to be the case ~ at least in America ~ this is certainly good news. FDA moves to ban trans fats from all foods
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
ELECTIONS IN AMERICA
AND IN COLORADO
This man shames the nation. Toronto Mayor Admits Smoking Crack, but Won’t Step Down
This is our country at its finest. 10,000 Feared Dead After Typhoon Slams Philippines — Canada Pledges $5 Million In Support.. How You Can Help
Sam: Felina, with all due respect for you and your one-eyed buddy, it’s getting a little late, even for the history channel.
Felina: Oh, I know, Dear. And I am sorry. Just give me a moment.
Sam: Or several.
Felina: You could always join us.
Sam: Like I’m going to turn down that invitation. And I have popcorn.
Felina: I am swooning, mate of three lives.
Sam: Popcorn does that to some creatures, I’m told. So what are you and Arnie watching?
Felina: Arnold, Dear.
Sam: Yeah, him too. Looks like the history channel and that real interesting human enterprise called “war”.
Felina: I know that each time this year, in Canada and in America, they honour those who have died in this…this enterprise, as you put it.
Felina: But one thing puzzles me.
Sam: I am not surprised.
Felina: Be careful.
Sam: That was not a slam. I’m on your side.
Felina: You are puzzled too?
Felina: About what?
Sam: Why so many of those humans, especially the young ones, died for a dream unrealized since this madness began.
Felina: And dying for it has not brought them that.
Sam: I don’t expect it ever will, Felina.
Felina: But perhaps if they learned to celebrate every year those who live for peace, it would finally come. And all of those who died in all of their wars would finally have what they died for.
Sam: Sweetheart, I could not have put it better myself.
Felina: Yet another reason why I am the sun and moon of your life.
Sam: This is also true. So on that note, Felina?
Felina: So on that note then, Gentle Readers, may the Creator bless and keep you. Until next week then, eh? And to all the humans who died in all the wars and gave Abraham Lincoln’s “last full measure of devotion,” we salute you. And we are profoundly honoured by your society. You will not be forgotten.
There was a time when these two species were mortal enemies. Watch: Alaska Fishermen Free Orca
We certainly hope this catches on. Africa’s first fair-trade clothing company is a huge deal
Tony Bennett has got to be proud of this. Having lived here in the past, I sure am. Bay Area commits to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction
Where are the tar and feathers when we really need them. Portland mom’s 5-kid cargo bike stolen
Just on the off chance that you might be planning on visiting one of them, check out The World’s 10 Most Polluted Places [Slide Show]
This will certainly go a long way toward making Canada feel good about sharing a border with the States. NSA Leaks On Canadian Surveillance Coming: Greenwald
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This will revolutionize two wheel transportation forever. Bike with solar panels for wheels is basically as green as you can get
If you are as fascinated by meteorology as I am, this new NOAA site will absolutely amaze you.
This is absolutely breath-taking. Watch: Homemade Jetpack Flies over Mount Fuji
HERE ON EARTH
Cosmonauts Take Olympic Torch On Historic Space Walk
Sound Of Interstellar Space Captured For First Time Ever By Voyager 1 Spacecraft (VIDEO)
BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about hurricanes, typhoons and other high winds? Note: This is not a quiz. It is an excellent informative article.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Here is yet another reason for parents to be very careful about the environments to which they expose their children. Children Face Asthma Risk If Mothers Exposed to Pollutants
Here’s the kind of interactive feature we just love because it provides those of you who live in Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and Wales a chance to “appear” on an American television website. Check this out, then, eh? Submit your recipe to KING5’s Healthy Dish!
ON THE CANCER FRONT
Here’s another super addition to the arsenal in the war on cancer. Nanoparticles filled with chemotherapeutic drugs can kill drug-resistant breast cancer cells
We do not generally redline something without a very good reason. They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.
BEST OF THE NET
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.
Our congratulations to State Senator Ed Murray (our guy in Olympia), who is now Seattle’s new mayor-elect. Ed defeated incumbent native Bostonian Mike McGinn. Ed also joins the ranks of America’s gay mayors and is considered the author and prime mover behind WashingtonState’s same sex marriage act.
KOMO 4 News (ABC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
KING 5 News (NBC)
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
This is what happens when an invasive species is discovered in America. Asian Carp Detected in Lake Michigan
Check out this cool “bat cam” at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.
If you want to be totally thrilled and moved to tears in a good way, watch: Alaska fishermen free this orca
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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