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Sunday, June 15, 2014
PEACE AND PROSPERITY APPARENTLY DO NOT MIX
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it was another interesting week and it included this headline which I thought was ironic and which I am afraid might also be true. The Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth
Okay, let’s take a look at this assertion. Who again profits the most from war again?
Mostly people who make stuff to kill other people, kind of like General Motors, but with intent. And then there are the clothiers of the Apocalypse. Outside of war and law enforcement, there’s not too much use for body armor.
Then there are the people who make the medicine to treat the wounded and the prosthetics to replace the parts war has a habit of ripping off a human being.
Let’s not forget all the ships, planes and trucks that deliver the supplies of death. And the people who refine the fuel and machine the parts.
Then there are the doctors, therapists, hospital administrative staff and security guards to tend and care for our wounded warriors in such tributes to medical efficiency as the hospitals the Veterans Administration runs.
And finally, there are the soldiers themselves, some of whom would be in jail, on welfare or channeling their fighting spirit in ways our society has deemed inappropriate. Without war to kill off these human beings who are not considered fit to live in our society but certainly qualified to die for it, there would be a lot more people nuzzling up to the public trough.
In a society which preaches humanitarian values but perpetuates practices which systematically destroy human beings for the sake of a Toyota or two in every teepee, war is apparently not an evil scourge of our species these bleeding hearts tell us it is.
War is simply a way of insuring the continued prosperity of those who survive it.
Now, having said that, it’s time to chat with Ralph, my geranium. Flowers don’t even have a word for this insane practice.
Two studies take a look at how much safer roads would be if robots drove.
We are certainly glad to read this and we concur with the findings that motivated it. Health Officials Call for More Fish in Diets of Children and Pregnant Women Even though climate change and over-fishing by some countries is reducing the piscatorial population, aqua-culture (fish farms) could supply the increasing need and put unemployed people in a lot of countries to work conserving and improving the two greatest natural resources our species has on the planet.
This saddens me but it does not surprise me. A new study attributes 10,000 more suicides than originally thought.
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
The Group That’s Building A Caliphate
U.S. To Help Battle Iraqi Insurgents But Offer Little Support To Beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki
Video: Iraq’s Factions And Their Goals
SERGEANT BERGHDAL’S RELEASE
WAR ON TERROR
Taliban Attack Pakistani Airport Again Amid Military Raids Taliban Attack Pakistani Airport Again Amid Military Raids
In last week’s edition, we shared our thoughts on violence against our youth, in reaction to an incident at SeattlePacificUniversity earlier this month. We invited you to respond and you did.
Regards your column, yes it needs to stop. Now I’m considering the why of it, and here are my initial ideas. There are people among us who are near the tipping point, emotionally, financially, socially. We live in a world that is increasingly filled with pressures, to make more money, to have more things, to have meaningful relationships, to navigate an increasingly crowded and feverishly busy world. We have to pressures; we have the tools, and one by one those near the tipping point tip. Perhaps it’s time for society in general to stop, take a deep breath, sit down and simply think. Based on what I saw on 60 Minutes last night. We don’t take care of the mentally ill any longer. They’re on the street, doing the best they can, and when the mess up, they end up in jail, which has become the de facto mental ward these days. Add to that, you can be crazy and still buy a gun. Perhaps our society really does have a problem.
Meade Fischer, Pacifica, California
Meade Fischer is a professional educator, former municipal elected official, journalist and ocean-class kayaker who has authored several books on natural recreation opportunities in Northern California. He is also the associate editor emeritus of The Northstar’s great-grandfather, Rapline, when we were an offset monthly publishing out of Sacramento, California in the late Seventies.
I think Meade has a point about people in our society who reach their pressure points. Now, I would like to hear how he thinks we can recognize these people and get them the help they need before they explode.
I think the lack of a comprehensive plan on how to deal with people who are mentally ill in our society and having money to fund some program and not having some basic gun safety standards and ownership rules continue to set up the situations that happened at SPU and UC-Santa Barbara over the last few weeks.
People who have diagnosed mental issues, should not be allowed to have guns or buy guns. People with diagnosed mental issues need to be able to get the support they need from our society. No one, but our military personnel and some of our police force needs guns that shoot more than five rounds at a time. Until we are willing to say enough is enough we will continue to see these tragic shoots continue in the United States.
There are lots of good reasons why the Brady Law worked and needs to be brought back and expanded. The NRA and the gun lobby shouldn’t be able to hold hostage our society and government. I’m hoping that the college students around the country will take up this issue and tell the established parties to get it together or give up, because this isn’t the type of society we want to have now or in the future.
Dennis William Steussy, Des Moines, Washington
Dennis Steussy is a professional educator, civic leader and father. He is also this publication’s associate editor and the editor of my novel, Wrath of the Testament.
If it was not for the serious implications of this, it would almost seem like a Movie of the Week. Military, Airports On Alert As Quebec Sees Second Jailbreak Involving Helicopter
The answer to this might surprise you. Aging in Canada: How well are we treating our elders?
Felina: Good morning, love of my three lifetimes. Happy Father’s Day.
Sam: I smell salmon.
Felina: You do indeed.
Sam: And I don’t hear any of our errant offspring in the kitchen, destroying it to fix me something as inedible as it is well-intentioned.
Felina: You make me smile and of course not. They only did that once quite a long time ago, actually.
Sam: Some “only once’s” linger in the mind for the rest of one’s natural life.
Felina: Then it is a good thing that your life is anything but natural, is it not, oh sun and moon of my life?
Sam: Natural is a relative term.
Felina: So are kittens, even when they are all grown up and living happy and productive lives away from a father who insults Quebec and a mother who forgives him for it.
Sam: I’m not going to win this one, am I?
Felina: You have as much chance of that as a glacier does during global warming.
Sam: In that case, I shall break my sword over my knee and fight no more forever. So who is making the salmon? You don’t cook.
Felina: It is from Solomon’s Salmon Salon.
Sam: Ah, the Triple S. Gotcha.
Felina: Our first daughter is dating one of their delivery persons. He wants to get on your good side so this is a Father’s Day present.
Sam: Salmon from a suck up. Cool. Not as cool as the veterinarian she was dating but for salmon, I would do almost everything.
Felina: For salmon, you would sell out the planet and every life form on it to invading aliens with fins and a crafty smile.
Sam: Not very flattering but alas, also very true.
Felina: So enjoy your baked Chinook, my love. The rest of the litter will be by this afternoon for pizza and the pleasure of your patronage.
Sam: I can handle that. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Fathers Day. And 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.
This is so cool. Detroit Automakers Pledge $26 Million to Help Save City’s Art
Despite opposition by the taxi industry, we still think this is a good idea. With Uber, Less Reason to Own a Car I take a cab on special occasions and to impress people but I also take the bus and ride share because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to network in person.
Under “Better late than never,” Fraternities Are Focus Of Measures To Reduce Assaults And Misconduct
Lord, sit on my tongue now. V.A. Audit Finds Long Waits for Care Are Widespread
This dude wasn’t just dangerous. He was incredibly stupid. Alleged Seattle campus shooter went off meds because he ‘wanted to feel the hate,’ prosecutor says
Here we go again, gang. G.M. Recalls Camaros for an Ignition Switch Defect
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
I thought this was cool but I still remember that meshuggeneh computer HAL in Space Odyssey 2001. If one of these pups fails… Controlling Your Smart Home With One Hub
The British are preparing to break the world land speed record and they’re putting a 1,000 mph Norwegian rocket on wheels to do it.
If this is true, there might just be life of another form here. Vast Hidden Ocean Discovered Deep Under Continent
THE GREEN AGENDA
This is not good news. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes: CDC
This is encouraging. B.C. Study Tests Vitamin D Against Cancer
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
You’ve got to love this. Car detour helps baby toads cross busy road
Well, this might seem a little odd unless one remembers that their ancestors were there first. Photos: Black bear found in NE Portland
Sometimes I think things like this could only happen where this did. Video: roe deer rescued in East Sussex after scoring own goal
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty