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Sunday, August 24, 2014
WITH THE FACES OF WAR SO STARKLY RENDERED
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. With the face of war so starkly rendered this past week, perhaps we ~ as a species and as a society within that species ~ will finally accept that there are no innocents. There is no euphemistic “collateral damage”. There are no more civilians. And battlefields know no boundaries.
All institutions evolve, including the institution of warfare. We have tried to make it palatable in the past because we have never believed that we could stop it. So when young men and women of one country sailed off to kill young men and women of another country, we celebrated in song and film.
We cannot do that any longer. ISIS is tone deaf and committed to the ultimate goal of war. They are not the first to teach us a lesson in these regards. They are just the latest and the most powerful.
Now, if we are to survive as nations, we must come together as a world community. ISIS can be defeated by the very nations it seeks to destroy as symbols of all that is evil in the world.
This is no longer about geopolitics. It is about survival. It is not about parades. It is about preparation. And it is not about killing for the sake of killing. It is about destroying ISIS so thoroughly that not even ashes remain to foul the air or the option in the maddest of imaginations.
We have dreamed for so long of one final war to end all war. Now that such a war is here, we are engaged. May the same God Who guides us to peace counsel ISIS in the error of its perspective. Enough have died, on both sides.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
It is not enough that they drive on the wrong side of the flipping road. I really think the Crown should reconsider this move. Self-driven lorries (trucks) ‘to get Britain test’
Despite the fact that I don’t endorse this personally, I know a lot of you don’t mind living dangerously. So…The newest spot to swim with whales
I agree with this totally. Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
Video: 36 Hours In Glasgow
WAR ON TERRORISM
I’ve been planning a trans-Canada from the west so I’m a little jealous of this little dude. Hitchhiking robot wraps up cross-country journey in Victoria
This, to me, is another example of the saying, “courage knows no flag.” I am, nonetheless, proud that it happened under this one. Listen: Ontario Man Turns The Tables On Would-Be Scammers
This is interesting and I hope it works out, Just what a subway car needs, eh? TTC Has Plans To Bring Wi-Fi To All Underground Toronto Subway Stations
FROM THE UKRAINE:
These are the thoughts, observations, wishes and dreams of a family woman in a war zone. We are well aware that on this planet, her numbers are legion. We believe, however, that she speaks for more than a few of them.
I have changed now a lot my attitude to history. It is interesting how words became to bear new. meanings. I look to this episode and see armed with guns soldiers and I see just cold weapon in hands of their enemies. But what side is right? Depending from where are you isn’t it? Because I bet fighters of both “armies” have the feeling they are right or if not how could they fight, without spirit of win?
My mom is working in church. She said sometimes the people from Donetsk and other East region came here. A girl was crying there, she came with kid to Dnipro but her father and husband stayed to fight army as they think they protect their land. So who’s right in this war? Depending on the side one is, isn’t it?…
I remembered Germany in times of WW2. What could a young man do even if not sharing the Hitler views but if he was taken to the army? Feeling compassion to all innocents
Her name is Olya Bereza and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.
Sam: Hiya, Sweetheart. Kind of late but a beautiful night out here. Mind if I join you and the stars you’re talking to.
Felina: Not at all, mate of my three lifetimes. I am honoured by your society, my love.
Sam: You kind of move my world some too, Felina.
Felina: And when you say things like that, my rapacious rapscallion, you make me smile.
Sam: And when you smile, the stars dazzle back trying to match it, Lass.
Felina: Thank you, Samuel.
Sam: Not a problem, Luv. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Robin Williamshood and His Merry Men of Digression. And the St. Lauren of Bacall of the memorable segue.
Sam: Yep, and stars and tears have something in common when the Creator is listening. You’re not out here on this ledge so high up the clouds pay their respects to do a happy dance.
Felina: At this particular moment, mate of my three lifetimes, I am seriously wondering whether any of that species I have loved and prayed for so long deserves to live. Their cruelty seems to know no limit.
Sam: If that’s the way you feel, Sweetheart, you’ve got a lot in common with ISIS. They figure that since this all has been going on for so long, it must be because secretly we all like it. They devote so much time and energy to it and the more dramatic, cruel, etc. it is, the more money ISIS makes.
Felina: And the more powerful they become.
Sam: If they are allowed, yep. But there is a lot of good going on out there still, that could use the time and energy they spend on the bad stuff.
Felina: Samuel, please be very honest and straightforward with me and not try to be cute when I ask you this.
Sam: Yes, Lass.
Felina: Do you think they will survive this?
Sam: Only if they want to survive, Sweetheart.
Felina: And sometimes, no matter how much the other life on this planet tries to love them back, it is not enough.
Sam: Felina, you have shed enough tears for them and the stars both this night. It’s time for cold morning pizza with me and our talking television set. Arnie found a classic, “Abbott & Costello Meet the Mushroom That Mooshed Milwaukee. So on that note, Felina?
Felina: You so make me laugh, my darling. And yes, certainly, on that note, Gentle Readers, please try to love yourselves just a little more. And 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 the kind of news we like to read. How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
I am glad to report that we have quite a few people who do this when necessary, including me and the guys I live with. Good Samaritan chases off muggers in West Seattle: ‘I don’t tolerate that’
I am proud this happed in the state where I live. Arlington, Washington Approves Ban On Smoking In Parks And On Trails
I am ashamed that this happened in the city in which I live. Blind woman’s purse stolen at transit center
Sometimes words totally desert me. Teen Arrested After Video Of Him Beating Boy With Autism Goes Viral: Cops (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This is reassuring. Google driverless cars ‘designed to speed’
I am glad this is getting straightened out. How movie dinosaurs lied to us
More and more parents are refusing vitamin K shots for newborns due to anti-vaccination fears, placing babies at risk for severe brain and intestinal bleeding.
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
If this does not inspire you, you cannot be inspired. ‘They Are So Much In Love’: Family, Friends, Businesses Throw Wedding For Young Woman With Fatal Cancer
Here’s a reminder we don’t mention often enough. Breast cancer in men; signs, symptoms and support.
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BEST OF THE NET
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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
I ignored this when I first read the headlines about it. But apparently, this mode of transporting salmon over hydroelectric dams actually work better than fish ladders, which, in one study of Atlantic salmon, got about three percent over the dam. Watch these fish “cannons” shoot salmon safely over dams
This is absolutely thrilling. Scientists Make Incredible Find In Antarctic Ice
I loved this and I am pretty certain you will too. Photo Gallery: Animals at the London Zoo getting their annual checkup.
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty