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Sunday, July 20, 2014
ANOTHER ACTION PACKED WEEK FOR ISRAEL & UKRAINE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another action-packed week for the world at large. One of our readers left to work in Israel just before the Gaza War escalated so now she’s having an interesting time in a land where bombs seldom burst just in the air anymore.
Olha, our friend in the eastern Ukraine, dropped off the scope as it were for a couple of days but we heard from her Saturday morning early.
Thank you Rusty. Nice to have you as a friend. Yes one day it will be something to remember all this uncertainty and sadness. But I don’t want anyone to be protected with gun. I don’t know how peace will return but believe that it will. Just hoping that humanity era and mercy come one day.
It is difficult to think about these two individuals, living in war zones where even in a satellite-sophisticated world, communications can be tentative. Ame’s daughter is in Israel by choice and she can come back to America if she chooses. Knowing this one, though, no matter how rough it gets, she will remain. The blood of the Masada and the Holocaust flow like fire in the veins of that one. Like the sabras, she is willing to die for a harsh land slightly smaller than New Jersey.
Olha’s home is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and demographically diverse. She lives in the eastern part, where Ukrainians who wish to be Russians are fighting for the annexation of that half of the country to Russia. It is also where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, most probably because some one mistook it for an “enemy” transport.
Ohla is as passionately Ukrainian as I am Canadian and American. But my parents came to North America because peace meant more to them than patriotism. I have offered Olha and her family the resources at my disposal should she and her family make the same decision my parents did.
No nation on earth is perfect because every nation on earth is the home of human beings. But I know that in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, her dreams of peace, humanity and mercy can be realized.
It is the promise of a small candle in the darkness. Its flame burns much brighter in the hand of Lady Liberty and in the hearts and minds of all true Americans. Let’s raise a glass then, to Olha and Ame’s daughter. Their numbers are legion. May they all find their way safely home.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
We join every freedom-loving human being on earth in marking the passing of anti-apartheid activist and author Nadine Gordimer. If she is unfamiliar to you, please go here for an outstanding tribute to her life.
The news about these folks keeps getting better and better all the time. But anyone who thinks this is just an American problem obviously does not drive a Toyota, do they? Documents Show General Motors Kept Silent on Fatal Crashes
Our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. For details, see under News – Topical below.
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
Australia Repeals ‘Useless’ Carbon Tax As PM Fulfills Election Promise — But Opposition Decries ‘An Appalling Day’
Pope Francis Says About 8,000 Pedophiles Are Members Of Catholic Clergy, Including Bishops And Cardinals
When I read something like this, I’m tempted to get MADE IN CANADA tattooed on a place most people will never see. Federal government cracking down on abuse of domestic workers by foreign embassies
Most North Americans consume more sugar than is good for them but it is not always because of the desire for it. Sugar is all pervasive in our culinary culture and it flourishes in places we might not suspect. So I think this is a totally good idea. How much sugar is really in that? Ottawa proposes food label changes
I have a feeling this is NOT going to go over big in some circles. Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare
FROM YOU GUYS
From a citizen of Ukraine condolences to all relatives of passengers of the plane crushed. Nothing can stand that grief and that silence. We have to restore peace here.
С уважением, Ольга Береза (Olya Bereza), email@example.com
Sam: Gentle readers, our household is wearing black as our way of acknowledging the passing of those poor humans killed in the crash of that Malaysian airliner over southern Ukraine last week.
Felina: It is a tragedy of epic proportion and we can find not one gram ~ nay even one drop ~ of humour in any of this. Normally we enjoy entertaining you. Your emails tell us you appreciate that and we are gratified.
Sam: We ask now, however, that you not desire to be entertained but that instead, you will join us in five minutes of silent prayer not only for the loved ones of those who died in the crash directly, but for all the others, Ukrainian and Russian alike, whose lives have been immeasurably complicated by what appears to be most certainly, an accident of war.
Felina: Despite your protestations to the contrary, your species is far more a global family than ours at Cougars Corner. If you do not find a better way of resolving your issues, you will continue to delight the gods of folly and misery. Your skies will not be safe and your children will know terror in the night. If this is your choice, then so be it. We suspect it is not.
Sam: And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, 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.
I totally love when something like this happens. With all due respect to my Asian cousins, it looks like the dragon does indeed have a heart, eh? China halts oil drilling operations in seas claimed by Vietnam
And here’s another victory for gay rights.Appeals Court Overturns Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage
To me, this is an example of Americans at their best. These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy
This is not going to make the Pope’s day. Calls For Resignation Mount For Minnesota Archbishop In Scandals
I hate running stories like this about a nation whose history, culture and people I otherwise hold in so high regard. But whether you’re a Sikh, a Punjab, high caste or Untouchable, this has clearly got to stop. In Remote Corners of India, Immunity for Soldiers Who Kill and Rape Civilians
Being victimized the first time was not enough for her? Reporting Rape, And Wishing She Hadn’t
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
We thought this was very interesting and encouraging both. Ten Inventions That Allow The Blind To ‘See’
This is so cool. A Robot With a Little Humanity
Here’s one solution to saving the planet. Scientist: Save Earth by shrinking humans — and making them hate hamburgers
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
I do not do well with the sin of gluttony so this is encouraging. 5 Healthy Foods You Can Easily Overeat
This is something we could probably all do better. How To Talk About Pain
Sometimes life can be a little too intense and we take on things that really don’t belong to us in the first place. This article really helped me personally. 6 Ways To Lighten The Weight Of Guilt
NORTHSTAR JOURNAL SUMMER HEALTH EXTRA
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 love these big dudes (and dudettes), this will totally make your day. Rare Whale Double-Jump Filmed In Newfoundland
Here’s a chance to do something cool. This Cute Solar Puppy Needs A Name. Won’t You Help?
Now that marijuana is legal where I live, I found this especially interesting. I’m glad these pups are not out of work. Weed-Sniffing Dogs Join The Fight Against Invasive Species
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty