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Sunday, May 11, 2014
SAVING SEATTLE ONE SODA CAN AT A TIME
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, apparently any rational basis for climate change denial has ended. I think this is a good thing but I am wary of how it is being presented in some of the media.
Like probably most of you, I do not like being shamed, bullied, frightened or guilt-tripped into doing anything. I prefer to make decisions calmly, reflectively and with the option of changing my mind or my position if I feel that is warranted.
I try to present news and commentary as information you can use to empower and enrich your own personal life experience and those of your loved ones. William Randolph Hearst and 21st Century tabloids notwithstanding, that is the tradition of journalism in America, from the crossroads country weeklies to the cosmopolitan dailies.
Conversely, when I read about something like climate change, I am of course most interested in how it will impact where I live. I want to know what scientists think is coming. I want to know how to prepare for it. And I want to know what I ~ Rusty Miller ~ can do to mitigate its impact.
I believe in the “light one little candle” theory of change. I like recycling, for instance. I enjoying seeing just how much I can shrink my own carbon footprint and the larger one of the household in which I live. Charles Darwin postulated that survival does not belong to the strongest of us, per se, but to the most adaptable.
I also do not believe that change needs to be orchestrated like an epic film. I do not need to hear John Wayne movie music in the background to get a charge out of using rain water to irrigate the garden or saving up my sox, washing them by hand in a bucket of water, then hanging them up to dry.
As long as it is not at the point of a gun, swagger stick or straight-edge ruler, I enjoy learning. From climate change, the most important lesson for me seems to be to just ignore those who suggest that I am naïve for believing that one small wick will make a difference to the universal darkness or that recycling soda cans will save the planet.
I am not trying to light up the universe and I am not trying to save the planet. I am trying to make my small patch of both a healthier and happier experience.
With all due respect to my esteemed critics, in my house, that is not rocket science. Nor is it, I suspect, in yours.
Not that I think this comes as a surprise to anyone but here presented for those who still doubt, Federal climate report ‘loudest and clearest alarm bell’
Which of America’s cities have the highest air pollution? The answers might surprise you. They shocked me. I was partly raised in one of them and attended university in another. The metropolis in which I live now did not make the list of 25. Too many other places I lived before here did.
What are the 15 deadliest creatures to humankind in the world? The answers just might surprise you.
Video: The Politics Of Violence Against Women
NIGERIA’S STOLEN GIRLS
This is certainly good news, both for the province and the critters. Demand buzzing for B.C.’s bees after kind winter sets up blueberries for pollination
The Ukraine’s future means something to Canada, as well. Freedom In Ukraine Is A Canadian National Interest See also: Canada Imposes Sanctions Against Russia Over Crisis In Ukraine: Harper and Ukraine Crisis May Lead Canada To Boost Military Spending
Not to be left behind in the “drone race,” then? From Police Work To Inspecting Farms, Drones Can Be Big Business In Canada
Felina: Samuel, do you not find it extremely remarkable that human beings celebrate their mothers but once a year?
Sam: Felina, you know that when it comes to anything having to do with that species, I am not the best animal to ask.
Felina: But if you were in a mood to indulge the mate of your three lifetimes?
Sam: Especially if she said something that sounded a little like emotional blackmail?
Felina: Sometimes, it is rather like taking a deep breath and diving to where the salmon really make love.
Sam: That deep, huh?
Sam: Well, since I was asked with such grace, human beings celebrate lots of things just once a year, including the birthday of divine among them, the independence of the big clans to which they belong and the battles which ennoble war rather than mourn its tragic futility.
Felina: They also commemorate the birth of their young, the death of those among them and holidays to promote objects they create from digging in the earth and feeding great fires in huge caves.
Sam: Yep, that’s it pretty much, Lass.
Felina: Even their celebrations are celebrations.
Sam: And heralded far in advance.
Felina: From that perspective, it would appear that every day of their existence is a reason for some of them to celebrate, my love.
Sam: Sweetheart, when you take into consideration all those “ascendants” of their species one of their religions has canonized, I think we can take “appear” out of the equation.
Felina: Quite so, my rapacious rapscallion. Your eloquence sends chills through me.
Sam: And I’m assuming that’s a good thing?
Felina: You may assume that it is a very good thing, my darling.
Sam: Then on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, then, gentle readers, Happy Mother’s Day. 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.
This is another example of courage which needs no flag. A Uighur Father’s Brave Fight
I’ve met John Kitzhaber and this is typical of him. Oregon governor stops car, gives CPR to woman
I think this sets an outstanding example. Stanford to Purge $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock
There were no worse “Bad Examples” this past week than the kidnapping of those school children in Nigeria. Even on a continent where slavery has been practised since the Stone Age and continues today not just in Africa but globally as well, this act was as heinous as it was outrageous. It is a parent’s worst nightmare and an exploitation of that terror for geopolitical purposes tribal in scope, nihilistic in execution and profoundly self-defeating as both a tactic and a strategy. International response has been appropriate and when justice is served ~ as it most certainly will be ~ I hope the carrion birds of Nigeria are invited to the party. MSM/e/NJ
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
I thought this was very impressive. Night Or Day, This Solar Power Plant Always Turns Us On
I, personally, am not ready for this. Watch: How Google’s Self-Driving Cars See The World
I hope that before this truly becomes the next frontier, we stop polluting it and mediate the damage we have already done. Cosmic Connections In The Deep Sea
New York Times Readers’ Moon Memories
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang, how much do you know about trans fat?
Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.
THE GREEN AGENDA
We’ve experienced this personally. Study: Walking Boosts Creativity
This looks very promising. Patient’s Cells Deployed To Attack Aggressive Cancer
Which of America’s cities are the “fattest”? The answer just might surprise you.
Are You Fitter Than A Caveman?
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
BEST OF THE NET
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 BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This makes swimming in Florida real inviting. World’s least cuddly fish caught in Florida
Scientists Find 14 ‘Dancing Frog’ Species In Troubled Indian Ecosystem Cool. I didn’t know there was even one.
Here’s a chance to die of cute. PHOTOS: 9 Bionic Animals That Will Melt Your Heart
FROM OUR GOOD FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
|Earlier this year, the US government announced it would act to stop commercial ivory trade, sending an unequivocal message that the US will not tolerate the senseless slaughter of elephants and other wildlife—or the global crime syndicates that wildlife trafficking supports.But now, the proposed ivory rules are coming under fire.
This is about more than elephants: Organized crime has moved into ivory in a big way. Global wildlife crime, estimated at $10 billion annually, is increasingly controlled by the same criminal networks that smuggle arms, drugs and humans.
Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty