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Sunday, March 23, 2014
2007 – 2014
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. One of the things I’ve learned from life and certainly as a journalist is that tragedy has an unerring instinct for being relative.
The journalism community in Seattle is a small and non-competitive one. As KING 5’s Joyce Taylor pointed out, there’s a very small turnover not only here but in the state in general. Broadcast people in particular come for the lifestyle, often turning down positions in larger markets like New York, Chicago or Atlanta.
English cleric John Donne contended that what happened to a single individual “happened” to us all. I happen to subscribe to that notion myself. These two media people were good, decent people. They were dedicated professionals who treated their viewers like family.
On a larger stage, they were good examples of what journalists and support staff can and should be. They were good professional role models and you didn’t need to be from here to see and appreciate that. These people would have been liked anywhere in the world where truth and gentility abide in the same pew.
They will certainly be missed. They will never be forgotten.
Thanks for the ear once again and have a good week, gang.
IN OTHER NEWS
This is the biggest travesty of justice I’ve seen in years. General Is Reprimanded, but Spared Jail, in Misconduct Case
This may explain why it has been so difficult to identify wreckage that could be from Flight 370. Rescue expert reveals challenges of search for possible MH370 debris
This actually explains a great deal too. Cold Man in the Kremlin
WORLD NEWS SHORTS
I could not help loving this. Watch: Canadian doctor schools U.S. senator on health care
This is probably long overdue but I’m glad they’re doing it now. Canada Explores G.M. Link to Accidents
This is also why Canadians believe in global warming. Arctic shipping a balance of risk and reward
Sam: Felina, I believe your attention is required at the front door. There’s a Flowers R Us delivery snowcat chugging to a stop in the clearing. And some humans in white fur are putting boxes on their backs.
Felina: Ah then, very good. My contest prize has arrived.
Sam: They liked your “Spring in a Box” slogan, then? Hang on. Apparently, six boxes worth. Six very large boxes. And just in time for spring, right?
Felina: Quite so and absolutely. Cesar Augustus had declared the date that all the flowers must show themselves and be counted.
Sam: And all hail to this long dead Roman king. And his census of flowers.
Felina: Indulge me, mate of my three lifetimes. It has been a long winter.
Sam: And the meadow is still several paws deep in winter’s white mantle.
Felina: Precisely, Samuel.
Sam: It’s like, “Where have all my flowers gone?”
Sam: That’s what’s in those boxes that those really athletic young humans are leaving on our front porch, isn’t it? Spring in a Box. And why there’s all those weird lights in the den. Unless Arnie’s having problems with his one eye I have also not been told about.
Felina: Arnold is fine, Dear. He misses Spring too, my love.
Sam: Our television set misses Spring. And here all this time, I thought Arnold was really into all this abominable ice and snow.
Felina: Well, actually, Arnold is a television for all seasons.
Sam: He’s just partial to flowers, in any season.
Felina: Oh Samuel, you do understand.
Sam: Of course. We probably have the only television set in history that also eats lox, bagels, pizza and salmon. And lets you finish whatever this child of cathode ray tubes cannot.
Sam: Well, then bring on Spring in a Box.. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
I don’t know of too many people who ride bicycles in the dark but for those who do, this sounds like another idea whose time has definitely arrived. This bike glows in the dark when headlights hit it
It is definitely time for this one. Inventor of World Wide Web calls for digital bill of rights to safeguard against surveillance
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Every year, people, companies, buildings and cities around the world participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights. This year millions of people, thousands of cities and hundreds of iconic buildings such as the EmpireStateBuilding and the Space Needle will participate by going dark for Earth Hour. With this simple act, we make a big statement: The world’s environmental issues don’t have to overwhelm us. We can tackle them, one hour at a time. Turn out your lights for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 pm and show your commitment to a better future. Sign up today to tell us you’re participating!
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
We’ve been watching this evolve and heartily approve. Start-Ups Aim to Conquer Space Market
Scientists could clone the 34,000-year-old woolly mammoth Okay, just one question? Why would they want to do this again?
This will also help understand why Flight 370 has been so difficult to find, despite all the “eyes in the sky”. ‘The Technology Is Out There,’ but Satellites Don’t Track Jets
THE GREEN AGENDA
BEST OF THE NET
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney. Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.
BACK COUNTRY GALLERY: BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.
BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union. How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.
CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years. They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam. Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.
GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.
NEW DICTIONARY: We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try. We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar. M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia. When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear. That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence. It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves. Yep, check it out here.
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.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me. The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.
THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound. They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment. Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.
SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement. They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet. They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy. They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative. Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.
WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror. Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often. Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.
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
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
This could be developed into a pretty scary movie, in my opinion. Robot takes on top-ranked ping pong player
A FINAL WORD
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty