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Sunday, August 31, 2014
A PRAYER FOR THE UKRAINE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in America. In Seattle, there is a gentle rain falling and the city is quiet. I wish it were so where all of you live but it is not.
It has been over a week since we have heard from anyone in the Ukraine or Russia. I have learned from having gone through this before, not to push for contact. Things are very fluid in a war zone and I have given one of our eastern Ukrainian readers an opportunity to share with us what she is going through and how she feels about it.
I can only pray now that this has not put her even more in Harm’s Way than she already is. I ask that you join me in a moment of silent prayer for her and for all those seeking nothing more than most of us have and sometimes take for granted. Please pray that she survives and that her nation soon knows peace.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
To me, this is good news, both because of the event and because it means that not everyone in this camp is following the lead of ISIS. U.S. Journalist Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 Years
Closer to home, it turns out that the two states in which I have lived for the last 35 years have the most honest government servants and employees in the United States. Oregon topped the list of good guys, with Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa joining the posse. States at the bottom included Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The District of Columbia reported 336 federal convictions over that time period; New Jersey, 428 convictions; and Texas, 775 convictions. By contrast, Oregon reported 42. For more, please go here.
This is a question all of us should probably be asking ourselves. Is fast food making us depressed?
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
NATO Reveals Satellite Images As Proof That Russian Troops Have Invaded Ukraine With ‘Highly Sophisticated Weaponry’
Ukrainian Border Guards Retreat As Two Columns Of Tanks Cross Over From Russia, Ukraine Official Says
This is definitely good news. A stunning rebound of the Campbell River
This should prove very interesting. Lady Bachelor Canada beauty eyes Victoria mayor’s chair
I sincerely wish I was going with these people. Canadian troops off to Europe as part of NATO plan to rein in Putin’s ambitions
Sam: Good morning, Felina. I’m in the kitchen. You might want to come out here.
Felina: Good morning, love of my three lifetimes. I will be there momentarily. Do not worry, Dear. Everything is under control.
Sam: It looks like a brown bag tornado hit this place. What are all these box lunches for? These human box lunches?
Felina: Here I am, Samuel.
Sam: And you look absolutely divine, Lass.
Felina: Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion. You make me smile.
Sam: And your smile lights up my life.
Felina: Quite so.
Sam: However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Mary Tyler Harper and the Valerie Moore of digression. And the Rob Petrie of the smooth segue.
Sam: Which is to say that the explanation for all this weird stuff in the kitchen is forthcoming.
Felina: Quite forthcoming. I am making box lunches for some of our local boys marching off to invade Russia.
Sam: Well, that’s got to have the Bear shaking in its cave.
Felina: It should. The very idea that those Bolsheviks could invade that Ukraine place is totally outrageous. So we are going over there to give them a good spanking. And then take them home and make sure their parents explain to them why Stupid is never a good idea.
Sam: This is also a dress rehearsal for the first Arctic War between you guys too, I’m guessing.
Felina: Sometimes I really believe, mate mine, that you would make a good Canadian.
Sam: I did the next best thing, Sweetheart. I mated one.
Felina: That is absolutely delightful, Samuel. And so impeccably true.
Sam: So you want a paw with these box lunches for the troops?
Felina: Nothing would please me more, Dear. And thank you so much.
Sam: Not a problem, Lass. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: And 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 reminds me of my favourite film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Video: Devoted to Rural America
When our species does something like this for another species, my hope for the planet is renewed. I hope it works that way for you. Saving the world’s smallest bear
As if this man was not already one of our heroes, he has to go and do this. LOL WATCH: Stephen Hawking Takes Ice Bucket Challenge On His Own Terms
We are glad this is being corrected. We are horrified that it was permitted to happen in the first place. Federal Judge Approves California Plan to Reduce Isolation of Mentally Ill Inmates
This definitely needs to stop. Drugging Our Kids. Our thanks to Meade Fischer and the San Jose, California Mercury News for this one.
Who are we, as a species, that we cannot protect our young from this? Woman, 31, caught on camera sexually abusing her boyfriend’s three-year-old daughter after he set up a secret camera
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I totally love this. Of monsters and mud: Exploring the deep mysteries of Burns Bog (with video)
Why do I hear HAL’s voice now? Robotic brain ‘learns’ from internet
I thought this was fantastic. Whole organ ‘grown’ in world first
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 be reassuring. If they can do it, so can the rest of us. Atlanta hospital deemed one of safest for Ebola care
This is a good 21st Century reminder. Proper computer work station positions
And this is certainly appropriate. Five steps to less stress.
I’m going to try this. How to make your own natural soda pop
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BEST OF THE NET
Achill: The Island the Irish Learn to Leave (our thanks to BBC Magazine)
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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Humour: Jokes & Monologues
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Now this we like to see. Klamath River salmon to get fresh water
Giant Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy To Receive Better Treatment Uh huh. And I’m Mary, Queen of Flipping Scots.
You really do have to see this to believe it. Paddleboarder Has No Clue What’s Coming
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty