Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. One of my favourite authors of all times is that English chap, Charles Dickens? He once told a tale of two cities. I want to tell you the story of one city, my city.
The Boeing Aircraft Company has been an economic mainstay in this community since the Second World War. I’ve seen various equations on how many people depend on such a majour employer indirectly. The figures are staggering at either end. The one I work with is 1:6.
It has been said here that when Boeing sneezes, Seattle catches a cold. Last week, the machinists union voted down a new contract offer. So Boeing is moving its operation to another state. It has simply, they contend, become too expensive to operate here.
This is just the latest example of a “boom or bust” cycle that is often symptomatic of a monolithic economy. Boeing is the latest. Timber, commercial fishing, computer technology, the military, at one time or another, these have all been economic regents. As a result, the fiscal climate here very much resembles the region’s legendary weather.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more people are employed in smaller businesses than by major corporations. The U.S. Department of Transportation predicts that by 2020, fully 1/5 of the American workforce will be telecommuting. This strongly suggests that the evolving economic modality emphasizes diversification rather than empire building.
Seattle has also learned the folly of depending too much on international trade. America has tried controlling the destinies of its foreign markets and while a few people in those other nations profited, most of those who lived there did not. That’s one of the reasons America is disliked by so many citizens of other countries where it has tried to sell its industrial output literally at the point of a gun.
Here on the shores of the Salish Sea fka the Puget Sound, our merchants and manufacturers, consumers and citizenry in general are supporting a “make it/grow it locally and sell it to family, friends and neighbors” movement. The house I share with friends grows its own vegetables and barters the handicrafts it produces. Our cash flow is very modest but we live well and we do not worry about where Boeing will build the triple seven.
Giants tend to cast very big shadows. Most life needs a lot of sunshine to live long and prosper. When giants fall, they crush everything that shadow crosses.
I contend that there are better ways to live and die.
IN OTHER NEWS
Well, this should be interesting. There is now an iceberg the size of Chicago loose in the Antarctic.
Just in time for Thanksgiving? Wild Turkeys Take Over Staten Island
And this is probably one we ought to be watching very closely. China Claims Air Rights Over Disputed Islands
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
This should make us reconsidering this particular policy. E-mail outsourcing to U.S. stokes spying worry for Canadian professors, students
Ever on the cutting edge of building technology, the City of Vancouver is phasing out the doorknob. To see how this will impact other communities from Sooke to Halifax, please go here.
Unless the province acts now, British Columbia faces massive traffic gridlock in the near future. Hear what one expert has to say. UBC prof warns of sprawl, ‘horrific’ congestion
Sam: Felina, oh sun and moon of my life, could you come here for a minute?
Felina: I’ll be right there, Dear. Arnold is still telling me about American Thanksgiving.
Sam: Tell your one-eyed buddy Arnie I said hi.
Felina: Arnold, Dear.
Sam: Yeah, him too. And that would more or less explain why I need you to come here for a second.
Felina: Ah, you have met Bartholomew.
Sam: Bartholomew the Turkey.
Felina: Yes, my love. There. I am here.
Sam: And looking as lovely as the day I first set eyes on you, so many moons ago.
Felina: And lifetimes, Samuel.
Sam: And lifetimes. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the mistress and master of digression. We are the Olivia Newton John and John Travolta of digression. And yes, Bartholomew the Turkey.
Sam: Like after St. Bartholomew in that human book of song and dubious history.
Felina: Yes, exactly, mate of my three lifetimes. His mom names all her kids from the Bible so human beings will be less eager to eat them.
Sam: That seems to be working on other species besides humans, Felina. Your red-feathered buddy is wearing a bib.
Felina: Oh, quite so. Bartholomew’s rather stuck in our part of the Deep Reaches on business. So I thought it would be nice to invite him to spend that holiday with us.
Sam: Stuck here on business. And what, exactly, does a wild turkey do for a living except survive?
Felina: He sells Bibles, of course.
Sam: Of course. With the gospel of St. Bartholomew underlined.
Felina: In Day Glo.
Sam: In Day Glo.
Felina: Green Day Glo.
Sam: Appropriate the season.
Felina: Quite so.
Sam: That actually makes sense to me. And it’s tweaking me just a little. So, on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note then, Gentle Readers, from Cougars Corner to America and all ships at sea, Happy Thanksgiving. May the Creator keep you safe in the palm of Her paw. Until next week then, eh?
Canada’s Transportation minister has decided communities across the nation need to be much better informed about the hazardous waste being shipped through them. This is in response to the July 6 derailment of a train hauling crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which caused a series of explosions and killed 47 people.
Now this is cool, pardon the pun. London is going to use excess heat from the subway to heat homes
This is one line up the entire world should be proud to join. Super Euros: Top 10 climate-change-fighting countries are all in Europe
The sooner this individual is off the radar, the sooner a national shame ends. Rob Ford is mayor of Toronto in name only
This is not good news. Logging on the rise again in the Brazilian Amazon
This is what happens when someone puts Stupid in the water cooler. Mom packs kids homemade lunch; school fines her and feeds kids Ritz crackers
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Well, this could possibly be a little embarrassing. Your solar panels are probably facing the wrong way
Here’s something we all ought to be asking ourselves. Video: How Smart Is Your Smoke Alarm?
Well, here’s a chance to save the planet. NASA Asks Public to Detect Asteroids
HERE ON EARTH
BIG ROCKS IN SPACE HEADED OUR WAY
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about turkeys.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Here’s something which should come as good news to some of us. Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression
Meat-based diets linked with type 2 diabetes; vegans everywhere get smug. And vegans will stay that way until it is discovered that one of their iconic food plants has a downside. This isn’t a competition of lifestyles. It’s about all of us together cooperating to make a healthier planet.
Here is one big reason we support the aerospace program. From Orbit to Operating Rooms, Technology Translates to Treatment
ON THE CANCER FRONTIn Loving Memory of Shannon Patricia Goddard Mills “Short Stuff” 1962 – 2001
When Shannon was fighting cancer, she said she drew a lot of strength from the stories about how other women were dealing with it. She’s up in Heaven now, looking down and giving a total “thumbs” up to this. ABC News’ Amy Robach Diagnosed With Second Tumor, Plans To Return To WorkLINKS CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY
BEST OF THE NET
Video: This Week’s Movies: Nov. 22, 2013 — The New York Times film critics on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” and “Philomena.”
Video: Saddled Together — Marley Stone and Timothy Bourke often go head to head at equestrian competitions, but their friendly rivalry on the field hasn’t affected their romantic relationship.
BLOGS WE FOLLOW
GRITtv With Laura Flaunders is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
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.
In an effort to keep more of their audience on the Hit Parade this holiday season, KING 5 TV News has offered solid advice on how to drive in Seattle’s chimeric weather. So whether (yep, pun intended) you’re a veteran Salish Sealander or new to this area, you’ll definitely want to check this out.SEATTLE FACTS & FIGURES MAP OF SEATTLE 10-DAY WEATHER FORECAST SEATTLE CITY CAMS KOMO 4 NEWS (ABC) KIRO 7 (CBS) KING 5 NEWS (NBC) SEATTLE TIMES THE TODAY FILE: “THE LATEST NEWS FROM SEATTLE & AROUND THE NORTHWEST” EARTHQUAKE WATCH WHAT’S GOING ON IN SEATTLE? SEATTLE RESTAURANT GUIDE
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 For a preview: Go Here For the kindle book: ($3.99) at amazon.com
This is certainly good news. Elwha sees largest run of Chinook in decades
This was really out there, even for us. See-through fish reminds us that nature is way, way weirder than we can cope with
SHORTSLiving With Wildlife BBC’s wildlife finder National Geographic Daily News – Animals
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
I worked at Boeing so I know this had to have been extremely embarrassing. Dreamlifter Ends Up At The Wrong Airport
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