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Sunday, June 29, 2014
A GLOBAL LEGACY WRAPPED IN A BOOM
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Happy summer to those of you on top of the world and to our friends on the bottom of it, I hear Adelaide is awesome in autumn. It’s been raining some here and we’ve been busy preparing Northstar H2O CARE packages for friends and family in drought-stricken California. We’ve also got a rain barrel marked for Oceana and the fun fire season they face every summer.
The headline that caught my attention this week is a legacy of war in Europe that goes back almost a century now and it was a cause for which one of the role models in my life, Britain’s Princess Diana, devoted so much of her time and attention. Here it is. Video: World War I’s Iron Harvest
There are unexploded land mines, bombs and artillery shells on every global battlefield since they were sown in such prolific numbers in Europe. Each year, they continue to maim and kill hundreds of thousands. Children are particularly vulnerable because a lot of them like to play in the dirt and that’s where this lethal legacy lives.
I suppose that if we must have war, we must have instruments of limited destruction as well as those that could make vast regions of the planet unfit for organic habitation after they are used. So that’s probably not going to change.
But you’d think that with the green technology movement growing exponentially, there ought to be a way to make at least land mines biodegradable. And maybe fill them not with explosives that shred a human being but with stuff like super chamomile tea, warm milk and television test patterns from the last century. to supremely and most excellently pacify him. That way, when some seven-year-old Laotian kid prods one with a bamboo stick, it doesn’t wipe him and half his village out.
It probably won’t bring “peace in our time,” but it just might point us in the right direction.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Under “Better Late Than Never,” this is nice to hear. U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by a creature once known as a killer whale. I’ve never met an orca “up close and personal” as they say in some parts of the States. But I figure that’s in the near future as well. Therefore, this new study out on them is a Northstar Journal Five Star Read.
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
WAR ON TERROR
Something needs to be done about this. Pipes with asbestos still used in new Canadian buildings
This is impressive. 5 made-in-Canada medical discoveries
With all due respect to the Crown, this is long overdue. Supreme Court Offers Needed Clarity On Native Land Claims
Felina: Samuel, could you join Arnold and I in the den for brunch, please, love of my three life times.
Sam: Best invitation I’ve had since breakfast.
Felina: Excellent, my darling. The pizza delivery goose should be here very soon.
Sam: The Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose that takes off from LakeOkanogan, soars up over the Rockies and makes a perfect landing on our Canadian bacon pizza goose landing pad. That Canadian bacon pizza goose?
Felina: You make me smile, my love and that was delightful. Yes, Samuel, that Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose.
Sam: Sometimes I wish they used drones for that. It would be nice if one of those pizzas showed up without half the anchovies missing.
Felina: Perhaps they could deliver by large bat. As I understand it, they are not so much into seafood.
Sam: A Canadian bacon pizza delivery bat that doesn’t like anchovies and delivers in the day time.
Felina: A Canadian bacon pizza delivery bat working its way through college and who needs to work the bat “night shift,” yes, my love. Quite so.
Sam: But until then?
Felina: I have spoken with the Canadian bacon pizza delivery goose’s supervisor. It seems that Flora has a chemical imbalance which only anchovies can restore.
Sam: No other fish on planet will do, I take it?
Felina: According to this study just published by the Canadian Medical Association, apparently not. However, we have arrived at an amicable solution.
Sam: They’re feeding her a big bowl of swimming anchovies before she takes off into the wild blue yonder with our pizza.
Felina: Your powers of deductive reasoning put you right up there with Sherlock House and Agatha Corpus Christi, my love. That is exactly what they are doing.
Sam: And here all this while, I thought I was in a league of my own.
Felina: Oh Samuel, my love of three life times, you so very much are. But would you prefer to be the only bird in outer space or would you settle for soaring with other eagles?
Sam: You sort of like jerking my chain like this, don’t you, Felina?
Felina: After two other things we do together, of course. Speaking of the second, Flora is on the approach. After brunch, I will show you what my favourite thing to do with you is.
Sam: This day just keeps getting better and better all the time. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, Happy Canadian bacon pizza from Flora, the Canadian bacon (and anchovies) pizza delivery goose. 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.
To me, this is a good example of the Supreme Court’s role in the 21st Century. Justices Uphold Emission Limits On Big Industry
We applaud this with both hands and both feet. Regulators In Europe Seek Tighter Flight Data Recorder Rules
This is good news, if not long overdue. Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court
G.M. Prepares To Count Cost Of Suffering I hate to beat the drum slowly on this one but I don’t hear collateral damage being addressed. If you guys didn’t know these ignition switches were defective, what else has slipped past you? How safe ~ really ~ are any your products? Are you going to pay for the cost of customer anxiety around that? Just how much responsibility do you intend to take, General Motors?
Sometime I think these people really don’t know when to quit winners. North Korea fires three short-range projectiles
As long as one child in the world goes to bed hungry, there is absolutely no excuse for this. Discarded fish cost about $2 billion
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Smile! A Drone Is About To Take Your Picture Sure it is. Pull! Swing. Blam!
Hi, I’m A Tablet. I’ll Be Your Waiter Tonight. Uh huh. They have those at Chez McDonald’s now, do they?
First we hear about Google’s robotic personal motorized conveyance (pmc). Now this comes to our attention. This Floating Magnetic Pod Is The Public Transit Of The Future (We Hope) I can remember when the saying “leave the driving to us,” was an invitation to take the bus.
Video: The Neanderthal Inside Us
The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
The pendulum appears to be swinging back on this one. Please consult your physician for her opinion. Mammogram may cut breast cancer deaths by 28%
To beat it is to understand it. ‘What Pollen Vortex?’ Gearing Up For Allergy Season
This is an example worth emulating. Ottawa To Help Working Caregivers Balance Responsibilities
|Obama Quietly Extends Administration’s Advocacy To Transgender Rights|
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
Jack London and I have known this for a long time Study: Wolves have a secret way of ‘talking’
I can definitely relate to this. Except I go skinny dipping in Lake Washington. Bear takes a dip in swimming pool
I Wonder What It Was About This Father That Made Him So Delicious. Man Says Tiger Snatched Dad From A Boat
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty