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Sunday, September 7, 2014
CELEBRATING THAT SHE WALKED AMONG US
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. We take profound note of the crossing over (to the next world) of American comedienne Joan Rivers. She gave her final curtain call this past week, at the age of 81.
I am pleased to see all the tributes to her and some absolutely lyric obituaries. I believe that immortality is the resonance of high mountain peaks and that as long as one person remembers, no one is ever gone. That, to me, is the purpose of respecting one’s ancestors. I am the sum total of all who came before me. They, in turn, live in me and all those I touch.
Sometimes that is an interesting legacy because it also means that the supremely heinous among us enjoy the same state of grace, as it were. The caveat is in what they feel. I suspect hatred is not something one would want for every meal. But then one simply does not slaughter without consequence, either in this life nor Ultimately.
In the beginning, like many young men of my generation raised in a male-dominated household, I found the humour of Ms Rivers offensive, unsettling and inexplicably threatening. I have always, however, been a pushover for a beautiful blonde (my mom was one) and Ms Rivers is definitely that. So as chauvinistic as that sounds or is, that is how I came to “experience” her.
Joan Rivers empowered me to take a good look at the girls and women in my world; and to ask myself the kinds of questions that help history turn a corner. As I entered high school, I began to make friends who also happened to be female. We talked about this stuff and I realized that as acidic as her observations were, Joan was speaking for women not only in America, but everywhere on the planet where males dominate the culture.
Joan and her sisters taught me that oppression of one ~ woman, gay, Hispanic, Asian, Jew, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Moslem, Agnostic or Atheist ~ is oppression of all. She also helped me understand that the contributions of all to the whole only make the feast that more movable.
She joins California Supreme Court Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird; San Francisco mayor Diane Feinstein, California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; Washington governors Christine Gregoire and Dixie Lee Ray; Russian-American author Ayn Rand; former Republican first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush; Winnie Mandella, Rosa Parks and several others in my personal pantheon of positive female role models.
I am not grieving for Joan Rivers. I am celebrating that she walked among us and will likely live forever, where most of us are going, too
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
This is absolutely good news. Eat up! Some fish make dramatic recovery on West Coast
Where to America’s 46 million immigrants come from? The answers just might surprise you.
Considering what we have personally observed as a sharp decline in good manners online in the last decade, this is certainly timely. Six Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
Chinese Islamist Fighter A Prisoner of Iraq
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERROR
THE WAR ON TERRORISM
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Sierra Club is trying to stop the Monsanto Company from killing millions of Monarch butterflies. This is a request to sign a petition. For more, please go here.
I’ve been to where this is happening and I totally love it. Canadians Eagerly Await Nation’s First Tea Harvest.
Come on you guys. Not everybody likes their humour maple flavoured. Canada screws up Russian geography while mocking Russians about geography
I don’t expect very many of us born under the Sign of the Crown are very happy about this. Canada leads world in forest decline, report says
Sam: Hi, Sweetheart. Pretty quiet down below and a beautiful night. Mind if I join you?
Felina: I would be delighted, mate of my three lifetimes. The moon will soon be at her most glorious. I believe it is what humans call a full harvest moon.
Sam: Yep, that’s what the farmers among them do.
Felina: And yet in my country, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving until October and in yours, even later than that.
Sam: Well, in America, it’s not quite the same thing. The Pilgrims were grateful that the Wampoag Indians fed them from the tribe’s own abundant harvest. They were so grateful they circulated word of the local generosity and in less than three generations, the Pilgrims and other English immigrants had pretty well displaced those who saved the first whites from starving.
Felina: It does seem a rather quaint way to repay kindness.
Sam: Quaint is certainly one word for it, Lass. Not necessarily the word I would use.
Felina: There are certainly other, more colourful adjectives to describe the exploitation and genocide of the indigent population, Samuel. But what purpose would it serve when even our gentle readership is familiar with most of them, in a dozen language of their own tongue?
Sam: Point well taken. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller of digression. And the Fanny Brice of the smooth segue.
Sam: Which is to say that by the time the harvest moon shines brightly, the farmers among humans know whether to feast or to prepare for a very long and lean winter.
Felina: That is such sweet allegory, my rapacious rapscallion and I absolutely adore you for it.
Sam: That harvest moon has been shining down on us for a lot longer than we’ve been looking up at her.
Felina: She has such a beautiful smile
Sam: She does indeed. And she is not the only one, Sweetheart.
Felina: Thank you, oh passion of all my passions.
Sam: My pleasure, Lass. And on that note, then, 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.
I so identify with this. Widower goes back to university to study the cancer that killed his wife
When I read something like this, I think seriously of getting MADE IN CANADA tattooed on my chest. Couple donates house to help cancer research
Our friends Down Under certainly know how to put a good plan together. House to be built in three weeks
Welcome to the 21st Century, Your Honor. Federal Judge, Bucking Trend, Affirms Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Louisiana
Lest we forget that as long as we sanction war as an “instrument” of diplomatic policy, we are all responsible for this. Israeli children go back to school after spending summer in bomb shelters
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Can you imagine what would happen if this dude had ever gotten road rage? Argentine Dinosaur Was an Estimated 130,000 Pounds, and Still Growing
This must be reassuring to about 38 million people or so. California Rumbles
BBC TECHNOLOGY PICKS OF THE WEEK
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
Now that the days are growing shorter and dimmer, we thought this was timely. Here are foods which will promote eye health. You’re probably eating most of them.
This does not surprise us. Epileptic Okanagan girl fed illegal cannabis oil makes dramatic recovery
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
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 cousins in Australia are going to love this. They surf with these dudes. Field Guide To Whale Sharks
We are certainly glad to share this. Blue whale numbers bounce back
For those of us who love happy endings? Grizzly Orphan Returns To The Wild In British Columbia ››
The SeaDoc Society’s September newsletter is now available online. Features this month include:
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
I thought this was totally insane. Diver survives collision with massive shark
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty