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Sunday, June 1, 2014
CUSTODIANS OF OUR OWN CONSCIENCES
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. When people speak of the passing of a legend, there is ultimately a chilling finality to it. Granted my personal theology came out of a Jewish and Catholic blending machine, with a touch of other esoteric influences from other parts of the planet, but I do not buy the “finality” part of it.
Our species has always built monuments and other edifices to safeguard the memory of the exemplary among us. It is as if by doing so, we preserve the living person. This is consistent with my own religious beliefs.
What is even more impressive than pyramids to me is when the culture emulates the professional and/or personal example of the one they’ve enshrined. It lends a hint of immortality to the values by which the extraordinary live.
We are technologically better able to do that now than we have ever been before. As long as we leave instructions to future archaeologists who will no doubt be as puzzled by the primitive state of our contemporary technology as we are the Edsel and the eight track, all that an individual like Maya Angelou shared with us is part of the heritage of each generation which succeeds her and us both.
We are a capricious species learning how to create and preserve life long after we have learned how to destroy it. I would like to think that ~ hand in hand with this ~ we are becoming better custodians of our own consciences. I would like to think that wherever she is, Maya is smiling for us.
Forbes Magazine has published its list of the world’s 100 most powerful celebrities.
This does not surprise me but it puts a real dent in my campaign to convince people that where I live is not the soggiest city on the planet. Seattle surpasses six-month rainfall record in just four months
I read something like this and I sincerely wonder how long it will be until human beings are born two at a time, one on the shoulders of the other. Baby boom: China prepares to welcome extra two million babies per year
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
India’s Fatal Gang Rapes: ‘What’s It To You?’ State’s Chief Minister Says, Mocking Journalist For Asking About Attack
NIGERIA’S STOLEN GIRLS
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITALS SCANDAL
WAR ON TERROR
FROM THE UKRAINE
Hello from Ukraine, Mishka,
Looks like we have new President- a chocolate man and that was quite predictable as no PR company can beat motto “sweets to every house”. I’m joking as there is nothing else to do with sad situation on East. Hoping new president be wise enough. We need our economics working and diplomacy solving the problems on East.
I’m attaching Mr. Poroshenko picture, where he’s giving a speech in Lviv, a western city of Ukraine, few days ago.
This jackass never stops braying. Rob Ford celebrates 45th birthday at bar while on leave to deal with alcohol problem
This is always good news. Special Report: Innovating with Green Technology
Vlad, you obviously don’t know Canadians very well if you think you can limit the agenda like this. Vladimir Putin To Canada: We Can Talk About The Arctic, But Not Ukraine
Felina: Good morning, Samuel. And thank you for joining me so early.
Sam: My pleasure, Sweetheart. It’s a real quiet sunrise today.
Felina: All over the world, or so it seems, mate of my three lifetimes.
Sam: And appropriately so, I suspect, Lass.
Felina: For so long, they have struggled to give themselves what the Creator gave us all. I am sad for that because it is the behaviour of a trapped, cornered or caged animal.
Sam: To me, Felina, what is remarkable about this human being is that she spoke for so many who had been through so much and not only hung in there, but refused to hate in return.
Felina: Like many before her, Samuel? But to what ultimate avail?
Sam: Listen to the silence now, Sweetheart. There’s not a place on this planet that doesn’t miss her, including our house, and isn’t thinking about her.
Felina: And their silence really means something?
Sam: Sometimes, a whole lot more than their noise, Sweetheart.
Felina: And you, supreme critic of their behaviour, believe that she and others like her really matter to them?
Sam: With all due respect, Felina, human beings like her matter to all life on this planet, even the ones who don’t listen.
Felina: So when humans are silent, it means they are listening?
Sam: It’s kind of hard for them to growl and listen both, Lass. So my guess on that one would be a “yep.”
Felina: You make me laugh in spite of myself, my rapacious rapscallion.
Sam: I’m just saying there’s another side to tears.
Felina: And a season for both. Thank you, my love. And such a profound silence it is.
Sam: Then on that note, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, we join you in marking the passing from one world and into the next of Maya Angelou. May your memories of her be fond ones and may she live in your heart forever. Until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
Fisherman “catches 4,000-year-old statue worth its weight in gold. Instead
We like it when a celebrity of any nationality stands up for freedom. This one just happens to be Australian. Gilchrist backs indigenous change
This will certainly help. China Takes Aim At Smog With Plans To Pull Six Million Polluting Vehicles Off Road
We definitely agree this needs to change. U.S. jails becoming debtors’ prisons
This officer deserves to be court-martialed. How ironic to survive multiple tours of Hell and then die like this. Army Ousts Commander of Hospital After Deaths
This is not how we treat someone who helps our kids, is it? Kootenay Lake school psychologist works 70 hours unpaid OT, then gets cheque docked for ‘job action’
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Why do I keep thinking of HAL, that computer in Space Odyssey 2001? Google’s Next Phase In Driverless Cars: No Brakes Or Steering Wheel
Video: A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Will Hit Ours …in about two billion years. It’s nice to know we’ll have some time to prepare for this.
Video: App Smart | Summer Music Festivals — Reviews of three apps that could help you make the most of music festivals this summer.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Mentoring girls through cycling will melt your heart ~ Cycling can help girls deal with stress, learn to challenge themselves, and see their bodies as powerful, not ornamental.
English eggs are different than American eggs and are actually better tasting and more nutritious. Now that I know this, where can I get some?
As summer draws on, just a reminder that sun safety is not just for the beach
Depression Lowers Life Expectancy As Much As Smoking: U.K. Study
THIS WEEK IN CANADA.COM HEALTH
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
If you think where you live is risky, don’t envy these guys. WA Military Base Artillery Range Is Last Refuge For Butterfly
Okay, on the Scale of Weird, this one rang the bell. Video: CreatureCast: Suddenly Visible — Being invisible has its advantages, but also its perils. A marine creature called Hippopodius gets the best of both worlds by transforming from glassy clear to bright white and back again.
One of our all time favourite creatures is back in the news. Hungry Goats Might Be Saving The Bay Area From Wildfires
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty