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Sunday, May 18, 2014
TO TIM TAYLOR AND THE TOOL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. One of the most fascinating courses I never got to take in university ended up being one of my non-hedonistic passions. I’ve been fascinated since forever by the evolution of tools from the first flint knapper to the electronic wallet.
I think, first of all, it says a lot about the people who used them, their values and priorities. Why did some of our ancestors create what they did in the first place? Once they learned how to start their own fires and that tossing a rock around was not only good clean family fun, but also a cool way of knocking down supper on the fly or the run, survival was pretty much guaranteed.
The study of tools also goes to the psychological evolution of our species. Assuming a uniform level of intelligence, why did some cultures invent the bow and arrow but not the spear? And of course, the other way around. Why did some invent gunpowder but not the cannon or the plow but not the saber?
What motivated some of our forbearers to dramatically alter the environment with great cities made of earth and irrigation projects, within the context of their times, that would rival anything the Tennessee Valley Authority ever attempted in America, while others in our gene pool were content to live simply with the elements, taking only what they needed and living as biodegradably as all the other lifeforms around them?
The study of the evolution of technology is also useful in determining what among our presents tools, gadgets and electronic flint knappers we really need and to determine if our relationship with them healthy for us, those around us and the living and breathing planet itself?
We’ve come a long way since our ancestors brought down the first bear with a boulder. I think it really helps to ask ourselves occasionally how many of those trips were really necessary and how many of them will our great-grandchildren consider necessary when they look back from the future.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, then, eh?
The United Nations has weighed in on the side of those of our species most impacted when a committee of that august body essentially told the Canadian federal government that before any pipelines were approved on the coast of British Columbia, the First Nations needed to be consulted. For more, please go here.
I am both proud and gratified to hear this. Healed, Landmark Again Beckons: Come On Up. The View Is Terrific.
This is good news where I live. Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the Recession of 2007.
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NIGERIA’S STOLEN GIRLS
TURKEY MINE DISASTER
Turkish Mining Company Denies Negligence As Police Use Tear Gas To Quell Protesters Demanding PM’s Resignation
WAR ON TERROR
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
What are your climate questions for Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy? ~ The American energy secretary and the Environmental Protection Agency administrator will join Grist magazine for a live chat next week about Obama’s climate initiatives. Submit your questions now
This strikes deep to the soul of the Canadian national character. Village of hope: B.C. couple’s Project Somos gives Guatemalan families a new start
Is there no end to this man’s flipping lunacy? Fords helped lobby for client’s tax break
FROM THE UKRAINE:
The Omsk region is ready to organize supply of grain to China, as well as take active part in construction of a logistic warehouse on border of China and the Republic of Khakassia (Russia). The governor of the region Victor Nazarov reported about it.
The realization of the project it is planned to enable within Interregional association of economic interaction of subjects of the Russian Federation “Siberian agreement”. Thus, from the Russian side some Siberian regions will take part in the project.
The governor hopes also for support from Moscow. It reminded that the Mayor of Moscow called more than once the Omsk region the industrial center providing the capital with products, petrochemistry and other production. The region is ready to deliver environmentally friendly products and to other Russian regions that will give incentive for further development of Omsk agrarian and industrial complex.
Now People’s Republic of China intensified searches of suppliers of grain. In particular, the Chinese businessmen are interested in acquisition of the large companies in the north of Kazakhstan and already today conduct negotiations with owners of arable lands, granaries and other infrastructure, allowing to adjust a full cycle of production and grain transportation. In turn, Kazakhstan for activization of deliveries is ready to take part in construction of grain terminals on border of Iran and Turkmenistan, and also in the Chinese direction.
As for our country, for the purpose of coverage of the Asian markets construction of grain terminals and in Primorsky Krai is planned. Japan and South Korea are interested in implementation of these projects.
We will remind that in 2013, the Omsk region received one of the biggest crops of grain over the last 50 years. Gross collecting grain made 3.6 million tons, including 2.6 million tons of wheat.
Felina: Samuel, have you ever noticed that human beings use words in interesting ways?
Sam: Yep, Felina, I have. It’s one of their more endearing traits.
Felina: I am reading this story in this Seattle Times newspaper and they have used the term “Great Recession.”
Sam: And considering the homelessness, higher crime, misery, uncertainty and unhappiness of that time in their history, you are wondering why the adjective was applied to the tragedy?
Felina: You are amazing. That is exactly what I am pondering. How do you do that, mate of my three lifetimes?
Sam: Sweetheart, you and I have time in grade together. And I do pay attention, mostly. It’s like a well worn path that your feet know by heart.
Felina: To you then, I am like a deer trail that has been trod for centuries?
Sam: Felina, we really don’t need to go there.
Felina: I just want to see if you can either get yourself out of this or if there is room in your mouth for your other paw.
Sam: You are the majesty of our eternal peaks, Felina Elizabeth. And is the Path through Paradise still not Paradise? Is the cosmos any less infinite and ephemeral simply because its trails are known? Is our cave less our home because your parents know our address?
Felina: Sometimes I bet you amaze even yourself, don’t you?
Sam: Yep, Sweetheart. Every once in awhile. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Rob and Laura Peachtree of Digression and the Stanley Rubric of the smooth segue.
Sam: And the question ~ should I decide to accept it ~ is…
Felina: I am absolutely certain you will accept it, sun and moon of my life.
Sam: What was so great about the Great Recession and why did they use that particular adjective to describe it?
Felina: Darling, that is actually two questions.
Sam: They were on sale.
Felina: How lucky for us then, eh?
Sam: Indeed and in response, “great” is one of the handiest words a limited vocabulary can possess. It carries its own “coin of the realm,” as it were. It is the universal ingredient in any human endeavor.
Felina: It is a word for all seasons, then?
Sam: And all occasions, Sweetheart.
Felina: And apparently with absolutely no regard for honesty, integrity or accuracy.
Sam: Nope. Absolutely none. And in this particular case, it was not even the most significant economic reversal. It was simply the latest.
Felina: Then their mothers should make them call it that. It was the Latest Recession, not the Great Recession. Shame on them. Someone needs to give them a good spanking.
Sam: That’s why they were born with long arms, Felina. And they do that to themselves and one another on a regular basis.
Felina: It would appear that sometimes they do not do it often enough.
Sam: No argument there, Lass. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, then, 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.
This is nothing short of unbelievable. Cat saves boy, 4, from vicious dog attack
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This was sooo uncool. Whatever possessed these people? Airline rejects combat veteran with service dog
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EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This is something which impacts us all. The Struggle to Save the World’s Greatest Communication Network
If you are into space exploration and nature both, you are totally going to love this Video: Cart-wheeling spider inspires robot for Mars
Let’s hope these two get things worked out before this actually happens. Russia To Close Space Station In 2020 Due To U.S. Sanctions
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang, how much do you know about our sun?
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 found this extremely interesting. Does your supermarket pass the green seafood test?
With the largest segment of the American populace moving into susceptibility range, we thought this information particularly appropriate:
Here is a good reason to get out of the house more. And on a darker note, what solitary confinement irreplaceably destroys. How Extreme Isolation Warps Minds
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
BEST OF THE NET
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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-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
One of our neighbours is back and quite frankly, she rocks. Welcome back, Granny.
I am not a great fan of creatures with more than four legs but for the apparently altogether too many of you who are? Video: Sociable Spiders And along these same lines? Three new tarantula species discovered ››
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YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
For $110, the toilet bike will help you get laid Uh huh. On what planet?
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty