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Sunday, July 27, 2014
ALL GEOGRAPHY IS TEMPORAL
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I have been informed by the people I live with that if I say, “It’s been another interesting week,” one more time, I can camp out in the backyard for the duration of this linguistic affliction.
We heard from Olha, our dear friend in the Ukraine and that is always good. She writes:
I always tried to be delicate in my replies to you as for Ukraine. It’s my land that my ancestor Cossacks defended from external enemies for centuries. My grandfathers protected the railway of my city. And still love this country despite all that’s now happening here. I know good intentions were a basis for a change, but also we all know and now can witness where good intentions can actually lead. Yes you are right that geopolitics talks are not worth our attention as its all in vain.
What I can’t stand is that manipulating with patriotism that is now happening. Yes it’s quite useful to have free army of patriots defending interests of oligarchs. But sorry I pass. I think every person can decide how to love own country and any steps big or small are appreciated. But when young men who never took weapon in their arms are forced to participate in these games…sorry, Im so much tired of all speculations.
Politicians put all responsibilities to the shoulders of soldiers instead of do (ing) the work themselves. I respect those who dared for their ideals to fight. What I do not respect is the commanders who fight their own peaceful people making so called “indiscriminate bombing” no one even counts how many citizens became casualties.
That’s so easy to put responsibilities on what’s happening here on somebody other shoulders. I’m as you half Russian so possibly that is why my perception of situation is much more complex and vision is much more deep. At that I’m not going to justify. We all are equal in the eyes of God no matter of our nationality, life experience, wealth or so called success. I don’t much believe in borders and flags maybe because I was born in the country that does not exist anymore so can witness that all geography is temporal.
What is important for me is human values that don’t have nationality either.
Many of you readers ~ particularly those from nations not in North America ~ know the truth and integrity of Olha’s words because they could easily be your words. As long as voices like hers (and yours) remain alive, even places which fly no flags will, as well. And as someone very very close to me and an Auschwitz survivor once wrote:
As long as there is life, there is hope. And as long as there is hope, there is life.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
We found this absolutely fascinating and I suspect most of you will, as well. Robot ‘Deleted’ Techie’s Cancerous Tumour
Our hearts go out to the town of La Prairie in Canada’s Quebec province. Her Honor died a week ago this Sunday after she stepped on a wasps nest while gardening and being stung to death.
Consumer Reports magazine slammed the fast food industry pretty hard earlier this month. We thought it only fair to present an opposing point of view. Hold the Regret? Fast Food Seeks Virtuous Side
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
Fisher: With China’s Rise, The Clock Is Ticking On America’s Unchallenged Supremacy Of The High Seas
AIR ALGERIE FLIGHT
Canada Deports 20 Members Of Hungarian Human-Trafficking Syndicate. Right on, countrypersons mine. Did Hell take them back?
Given Our Aversion To Cages And Tanks, We Are Definitely Glad To Read This. Whales And Dolphins In Captivity At Vancouver Aquarium Being Debated At Park Board Meeting
FROM YOU GUYS
Rusty, lots of whales out of Moss landing. I turned and saw one coming straight at me, and I managed to get a second or two video as he drove below me, inches from my kayak, his wake almost dumping me. Fun stuff.
Fun stuff for you, Fischer-san. I don’t go swimming with anything big enough to eat me for lunch if it’s in a bad mood. Rusty
She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.
Felina: Samuel, would you mind so very much, love of my three lifetimes, joining Arnold and I in the den. He is showing me something very unusual.
Sam: Not a problem, Sweetheart. And I’m assuming you and our talking television set a spot of brunch, as you folks say in Ottawa and stuff.
Felina: Actually, my love, it is a spot of tea and I have not heard that expression since I was a kitten.
Sam: So a lot’s probably changed in a couple, three years, right?
Felina: Samuel Alexander, you are an absolute delight, my rapacious rapscallion. You know all the shortcuts to my heart.
Sam: Well, with all due respect to that part of your anatomy, your heart’s not the part of you I was aiming at. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Simon & Worcester of Digression. And the John Deere of smooth segues.
Sam: And through the miracle of digital legerdemain and with the rest of the anchovy and rainbow trout pizza we had for breakfast, viola! Okay, who’s the weird dude in the funny looking boat out in the middle of some ocean?
Felina: His name is Meade Fischer and he is an outdoor writer in this Kingdom of California. That is the Pacific Ocean and he is paddling a kayak.
Sam: Ah, the one our esteemed publisher calls, “He Who Swims With Big Fish.”
Felina: Our esteemed publisher can be extremely hypocritical, considering the company of cutpurses, scoundrels and assorted ne’er do wells with whom he has allied himself since his god was wearing shirts and playing with a hoop and stick.
Sam: Since I only understood half of that, I’m hoping it was the half that goes with trout and anchovies. A great pizza is a terrible thing to waste.
Felina: It means that our Rusty is as crazy as this human who goes swimming with killer whales. Watch this. http://youtu.be/LRqawS8V4Uw
Sam: Whoa. Okay, Felina, I agree. This is totally insane. Isn’t this the same university friend who is half Russian and was wont occasionally to imbibe deeply of the grape, walk along the beach at night, and sometimes yell at the Creator.
Felina: While his friend Rusty was out in the desert shooting at defenseless jack rabbits from the back of a motorcycle.
Sam: They were not defenseless. They shot back, as a matter of fact.
Felina: Of course they did. We are just fortunate they were no better a shot than he was.
Sam: There you go. If all human wars were waged by people who could not hit the broad side of a barn with a piece of heavy equipment, they might just get discouraged enough to give peace a chance.
Felina: Peace, as a destination, can be approached on many roads.
Sam: Now that was totally Zen. I love it when you talk profound.
Felina: Then perhaps we should finish this conversation someplace other than the den?
Sam: Totally no argument there, Sweetheart. 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.
This is our kind of elected official. Want a Word With the Mayor? You’ll Find Her in the Bike Convoy
Feeling a bit down and need a little inspiration to lift your spirits? Blind singer learns visual art of conducting a choir
Out of the mouth of babes, then. “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees
It’s not like this hasn’t been done before but it’s never a good idea. Senator’s Thesis Turns Out to Be Remix of Others’ Works, Uncited
I wonder what Tex Mex food tastes like in Hell. Swindlers Target Kin Of Migrants
Someone very wise once told me that even a bad example can be created to serve a good purpose. I sincerely hope Kira was right in the case of this Maple Leafed Moron. ‘His buffoonery is dangerous’
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I definitely want one of these. (Dear Santa…) The geek-chic folding bike
This makes sense. The next big thing in computer hardware? “Smart Garbage”
Sometimes I have the imagination of an 11-year-old. So this totally freaked me out. Terrifying New Tyrannosaurus Fact Revealed: They Hunted in Packs
A Smartwatch Of The Distant Future
This Week in Science: Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds and J.Lo’s Mite
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
This should make a lot of people either happy and/or hopeful. ‘Exciting’ drug flushes out HIV
We share this with poignant memories of just how good a sirloin, t-bone, rib-eye or Porterhouse can taste. Your Love Of Steak Is Hurting The Planet
If This Keeps Up ~ And We Hope It Does ~ Human Beings Won’t Need To Worry About Growing Old As Long As The Parts Store Stays Open. Scientists Develop Robotic Fingers
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 Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I love stuff like this. How Scottie dogs became a symbol of Scotland
This Is certainly promising. New Technology Could Save Blue Whales From Being Hit By Ships
Anecdotally, we’ve known this for years. It is still very uncomfortable to see the connection pretty well proven. Wildlife loss link to child slavery
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
This may possibly be the weirdest thing we’ve published in some while. But if it happened to one, as John Donne pointed out some while back, we’re all vulnerable. So best we know how this one survived it. Man who had stroke in his bathroom survived on toilet water for seven days
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty