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Sunday, August 17, 2014
SOMETIMES, WHAT MAKES THIS JOB ESPECIALLY INTERESTING…
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Sometimes what makes this job especially interesting is the email we get from you guys. No, I am not working for the LaConner, Washington Chamber of Commerce. No, the place is not Heaven. It’s just a lot more like my conception of it than say downtown gritty big city USA.
Our window on the Ukraine, Olya Bereza, reports that things in the eastern corner of her country remain tense for herself and those she loves. She lives in a city on the Dnieper River and can sometimes hear the heavy artillery slugging it out in Donetsk. She asked me to thank those of you who have written her letting her know that she is not alone. This magazine may not have the biggest readership in the whole world but none can top you guys in the “giving a darn” department. Thank you.
We are not going to say anything of substance about Ferguson, Missouri until due process has been observed. There is a fine line between providing information useful and sometimes necessary to know and trying an individual, government agency, etc. in the media. Twelve good people and a fair judge are how it is done in the America where I live.
I want to thank some real nice folks for an invitation to go swimming with dolphins up north. I am very fond of the species but they live where bigger marine mammals hang out. So about the only way that is going to happen is with a baby dolphin and a very, very large bathtub. In other words, sorry Charley, it ain’t gonna happen..
Once again, thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Which are the most liberal and most conservative cities in America? The answers just might surprise you.
Our species has faced greater threats than this and survived. We will “conquer” this one too. Control Of Ebola ‘Six Months Away’
I’ve worked hops and grapes with these folks so this is good news. Latinos Move Up, From Picking Crops to Running the Farm
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
‘Brazil Is In Mourning’: Presidential Candidate Dead After Private Jet Crashes Into Residential Area
This should probably explain a few things, including a certain Toronto mayour. New report compiles 25 years of UFO sightings in Canada
I’m not real sure this is a good idea. Canada to help shuttle weapons into Iraq
This definitely is NOT a good idea. Police “militarization” is creeping into Canada
Sam: Felina, could you come out here for a second. The young human in the FedEx truck just left a couple of big boxes on the front porch.
Felina: Oh, how delightful, mate of my three lifetimes. I will be right there.
Sam: I’ll drag this stuff on in here and you can explain this newest mystery to me by making room for it.
Felina: That sounds like an excellent plan, my rapacious rapscallion.
Sam: Felina, when you start putting butter on the popcorn, I start getting a little nervous. Especially when the return address is “Wetsuits R Us”.
Felina: Oh, I thought you got the memo.
Sam: What memo?
Felina: We have been invited by the SeaDoc Society to swim with dolphins.
Sam: Uh huh. And since it’s too cold even for creatures in fur, we are going to put on rubber suits and all this other stuff.
Felina: Yes, my love. You see the plan clearly.
Sam: I see very clearly looking down into depths as deep as these mountains are tall and remembering the very big stuff that lives down there.
Felina: The orcas are our friends too, Samuel.
Sam: An orca in a bad mood or hungry or emotionally disturbed has been known to lunch on everything from sharks to small submarines. And to a deranged orca, we look like weird fish with tails. Sorry, but I am not putting myself on the menu.
Felina: And where you goeth, I goeth.
Sam: You said that, not me.
Felina: It is in our contract, my beloved.
Sam: I have no problem going up there and watching, from a boat. But it better be with the understanding that neither of us dips a paw in the water. And this silly flipping wetsuits go back.
Felina: I believe that is an excellent plan, oh sun and moon of my life.
Sam: You’re giving in way too easily, Lass. There’s nothing in those boxes, is there?
Felina: Just another invitation to go dolphin watching on a boat. Sometimes to get you to visit Mars, it is best to aim for Saturn’s seventh moon.
Sam: This is also true and we are going. So on that note, 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 makes me proud to have friends in the Lone Star State. Texas town opens its heart to ‘child refugees’
I am glad to live in a community which feels this way. Seattle wants family unity in immigration reform
And this from the nation which gave America its Statue of Liberty. Jewish group shocked to discover French hamlet named ‘Death to the Jews’
There is no excuse for this and it must stop. Child labour: my life in a sweatshop
Let’s hope God believes them. North Korea Says Rocket Launches Had Nothing to Do With Pope’s Visit
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
It’s about time science settled this issue once and for all. Magpies ‘Don’t Steal Shiny Objects
This is reassuring. Cosmic Rubble Just May Help Save Our Planet Someday
And this could explain a lot. Space Aliens Are Already Here
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 Leader Of Canada’s Green Party Is Marching For Climate Action—And She Wants You To Join Her In NYC
If this does not move you, your cynicism has metastasized. The bloom of cancer
As if we needed yet another reason to deal with this, obesity ‘linked to 10 cancers’
This is information all of us should have. The physical triggers of suicide
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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
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
As far as I’m concerned, this is yet another reason for not swimming where these creatures hang out. One of world’s biggest sharks caught on film
We totally love stories like this. 800-Lb. Sea Creature Rescued Off NJ Coast
I am not a fan of these big dudes but I do not hate them either. However, this necessarily falls under the heading, “Know Thy Enemy”. (yes, I am joking…sort of) Great white shark project reveals surprising facts to NZ researchers
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Are we really ready for this? Sweat-powered ‘phone battery’ made
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty