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Sunday, April 6, 2014
FROM THE UKRAINE
I have several associates in the Ukraine and, I suspect, Russian-Ukrainian cousins there, as well. I asked Olya, a writer and marketing manager, to share with us her observations. This, in her own words, unedited, is what she had to say.
Thank you for writing. Very sorry to hear your story. Have read a sample of your novel, quite interesting.
Was in Kyiv on weekend, sending you a picture from Maidan. Not many people now but still tension in the air.
On one hand quite romantic in some sense place but not very safe especially on nights.
Sad things when one group of oligarchs change other but with high price for people. Have no desire to become second Russia but in the same time quite pity to have politicians serving West interests not Ukrainian.
The most issue I care are rumors of European atomic wastes to come to Ukraine by grey schemes to Chernobyl without proper precautions and money given to politicians hands- not country. Hoping it’s not true but of course have no pink glasses as for things in Ukraine.
Olya can be contacted care of The Northstar Journal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a good week, gang. Enjoy the edition, thanks for the ear and if you liked us, toss a quarter in the sugar can on your way out.
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Felina: Samuel, mate of my three life times, would you mind so much joining Arnold and I in the den? There is something that is vexing me.
Sam: Sure, Sweetheart. Is there something in the herb locker I can bring with me?
Felina: You are so considerate, my handsome rapscallion. Vexed is not a medical condition, Dear. I am puzzled about something.
Sam: So vexed is puzzled in Canadian?
Felina: Yes, Samuel. In this cave, it is.
Sam: Gotcha. And Arnie can’t apparently help you out with this.
Felina: Arnold was made in America. His understanding of geopolitics is necessarily limited.
Sam: That’s probably why our television set never went to work for the UN.
Felina: Quite so. Or the EU.
Sam: Or the CIA, the DEA or the NSA.
Felina: Or the USB.
Sam: Or any other port in a storm, yep. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Fred and Hillary of Digression. And the Bill McClinton of the smooth segue.
Sam: That would definitely be us, on any vaudeville stage on Gaia herself. So what is it that you and our television set are vexed about. Cool word, by the way.
Felina: We do not understand why the Russian Bear, the American Eagle and that human European Union conglomeration of creatures are insinuating themselves into a place where ~ very clearly ~ they are not wanted.
Sam: That is a question being asked a lot these days, particularly by people like our friends Olya, Inna and Inga, our Three Wise Ladies of the Ukraine.
Felina: It vexes them a great deal, does it?
Sam: It’s baffling to anyone who knows the history of the region even. Like every square foot of land in that hemisphere, it has been settled and resettled so often that now, ironically, the humans who live there carry the genes of the conqueror and the vanquished both.
Felina: Well, then, it would make what these other nations are doing even more preposterous.
Sam: No argument there, Felina. And with all due respect to your perplexing passion for this particular life form, it would also make them human. A real bear does not bite something just to exercise its teeth and an eagle does not come screaming out of the blazing sun like Hark the Defending Angel simply to demonstrate its avian perfection.
Felina: You don’t know why they behave that way either, do you, Samuel?
Sam: No, Sweetheart. I do not. If I did, me and Pinky and the Brain would probably have put a stop to this nonsense back when Neanderthal debs still had coming out parties.
Felina: And Arnold and I would have been right there at your side, my Charming Champion. What a grand crusade that would have been.
Sam: It would indeed, Lass.
Felina: Then you must promise me, Samuel Alexander, that if you are ever unvexed about this…
Sam: Yep, you and our television set, one lab rat with a bad temper and a stellar IQ, one lab rat with absolutely no sense and the personality of a lovable mushroom and a middle-aged mountain lion with a slight paunch will sally forth and joust with this particular windmill until it begs for mercy.
Felina: And then we’ll give it a good spanking.
Sam: We will indeed, my love. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
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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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.
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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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