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Sunday, August 10, 2014
A PLACE FOR THOSE TOO GENTLE TO LIVE AMONG WOLVES
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, I sure hope it’s been cooler where you live than it has been and will be for awhile here in Seattle. When one is accustomed to milder temperatures, 87F/30.5C is uncomfortable. And both to save on utilities and because up until now, an air conditioner is a major expense used maybe 14 days out of 365, the house I live in does not have one.
At times like these, I get homesick and lonesome for a place not far from here that is smaller, quieter, greener and more temperate than Seattle has become. It is not an affluent community but it is quietly prospering. Employment is scarce for outsiders, as it is anywhere in Rural America. My income, though modest, is government protected and the result of working since the age of 16. What I earn above and beyond that does not depend on the local economy and takes nothing away from it.
This place not far from here is a place where a man who has become too gentle to live among wolves can leave the pack behind and exist simply and quietly among good neighbors. It is a quiet fishing village which attracts spring and summer tourists down a quaint Main Street of antique stores, import/export shops, ethnic restaurants, a legendary tavern and a place which serves seafood so succulent that if St. Peter ever walks among us again, he will surely dine here.
It is also a place where a man can pick up a few extra bucks or goods to barter by doing things like splitting firewood, helping a fisherman on his boat, filling in when one of the members of the Chamber of Commerce needs a temporary office person.
The land itself is good for subsistence gardening, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am not an expert at it but I can grow the things I like to eat. My diet is very simple and consists mostly of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, garlic, fish in any form except sushi, turkey and once in a great while ham and bacon. And still less often, red meat. When I can afford it, which is seldom, I oink out on pizza and Mexican food and in lieu of a good place to get either, I can make both. Someone very close to me won prizes at a state fair for her chili. I learned a lot in her kitchen.
In all, it is a good place for a man embarked on his fourth and final act; and for a man who has much to do to provide for his family in perpetuity. It is a good place, as well, for the reaffirmation of faith in the intrinsic and inherent goodness of our species. Most of all, it is a good place for a man weary of living among wolves.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
If you are at all inclined to over-worry, you should not read this. The Internet knows where your cat lives and you should be worried
Maybe it’s just me but if there are that many people the government considers a threat to the nation, maybe it is time to look at why so much discontent. This is starting to remind me of the days when a paranoid narcissist ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Secret Papers Describe Size of Terror Lists Kept by U.S.
Which American city is the friendliest, according to Conde Nast Traveler magazine? Congratulations, Charleston, South Carolina. Which is the unfriendliest? Sorry, Newark, New Jersey. For the other nine in each category, yep, go here.
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A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
|Dirty power plants are America’s biggest source of carbon pollution. We need to move to clean, kid-safe, climate-safe energy now.
Tell the EPA to strengthen the Clean Power Plan!
A plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time is being fiercely opposed by dirty fuel interests and their allies in Congress and statehouses across the country. But parents and other clean energy supporters are rising up to demand strong climate action for our kids and grandkids.
The Environmental Protection Agency held hearings last week in four cities across the country on its Clean Power Plan. Big polluter representatives showed up to oppose limits on the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change. But thousands of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles spoke at the hearings and rallied outside at “Play-Ins for Climate Action” and a clean energy future.
The Clean Power Plan is a step in the right direction in the fight against climate pollution, but it needs to be stronger to adequately protect our kids and communities. Our next step is to gather comments from all the Climate Parents who couldn’t attend the hearings to ask EPA to strengthen carbon pollution limits.
Power plants are currently allowed to spew unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air. Power plant pollution is contributing to the growing rate of childhood asthma, as well as to the climate impacts harming so many communities across the country this summer, from droughts to wildfires to extreme storms.
The Clean Power Plan can and should be stronger to respond to the scale of the problem. Proposed cuts in carbon emissions need to be deeper, renewables and energy efficiency must be prioritized, and there must be strong enforcement to ensure the plan’s goals are realized. In the face of so much fossil fuel industry pressure to weaken the proposed rule, parents and families need to weigh in heavily to move the EPA to strengthen it to generate the clean energy economy our kids deserve.
Thank you for taking action for kid-safe, climate-safe energy.
Lisa and John
This cannot possibly bode well. China Probes Two Canadians For Alleged Theft Of State Secrets
This is us at our best and most ennobling. Canadian Doctor Treating Ebola In Guinea Shares His Experience With The Challenging Work
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Sam: Good morning and happy brunch, Felina. Here’s the pizza with salmonchovies.
Felina: Thank you so much, love of my three lifetimes. Come, sit with me. Arnold is showing me this place our human Rusty describes in terms that make it sound like Heaven for Humans here on earth.
Sam: Now that ~ to coin the cliché ~ is an offer I absolutely cannot refuse. You’re even more irresistible than the pizza.
Felina: Samuel, I am flattered beyond belief. You make me smile. My father would be so glad to hear that I mated a mountain lion who considers me as attractive as South Chicago deep dish.
Sam: We could probably keep your father out of the loop on this one. His opinion of me puts me somewhere on the evolutionary scale between an amoeba and a talking goldfish.
Felina: Then it is fortunate that you mated me and not my father. I place you slightly higher than that.
Sam: Thank you, ma’am. And thanks for another slice of salmonchovies. Now, you were asking about this magic place Rusty describes.
Felina: I know it is in your part of America so you have been there.
Felina: Is it as wonderful as he describes?
Sam: Sweetheart, sometimes it’s not the land that is so special but the one who needs the land.
Felina: Like a human who has become too gentle to live among wolves. His friend, the golden eagle in the Ukraine, describes him as a weary warrior. And she herself is a Cossack.
Sam: Like those of his generation who fought to end a war and went on to join the civil rights and other equality movements, then learn the price of green in Oregon and the price of poverty in big cities it has been a long road. He started out with many. Now there are less than a handful.
Felina: And he is taking them home, first to this rainbow land and then to his beloved Canada. It will be so nice to have him back among us.
Sam: He’s looking forward to it too, 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.
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I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Australia and those who live there. Here’s another reason why. Muslims ‘Should Not Feel Targeted By Anti-Terror Laws’
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This happens and yet America has the audacity to question the humanity of other nations. U.S. Inquiry Finds a ‘Culture of Violence’ Against Teenage Inmates at Rikers Island
In one of the few places in the world which has not been savaged by the human species, this is absolutely unforgivable. B.C. allows cutting of bald eagle nests for development despite concerns of wildlife staff
I wonder how many others this incredibly bad example will inspire. ’Crazy, reckless’ pilot flies plane under Ottawa bridge
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This is sooo cool. Nice going, folks. Rosetta goes into orbit around comet
This ought to re-ignite an old argument. Genetic ‘Adam & Eve’ Uncovered In Surprising New Study
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HUFFINGTON POST’S THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE
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
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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
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
My answer to this question is “nope.” Can we ever know what cats think?
In case you’ve ever wanted to communicate with a chimpanzee (And with you guys, there is most certain to be someone out there who does), this might help. LOOK: First-Ever Chimp ‘Dictionary’ Compiled By Scientists Overseas
Here’s a chance to die of cute. This Woodchuck Had A Bad Day, But It Got Better
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty