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Sunday, October 5, 2014
If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife? Olga Bereza
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong – December 1969
HONG KONG: AN EPITAPH EVOLVING
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited. It was during a war which was termed “cold” by the media but was, of course, as hot as napalm and Nagasaki when an atomic bomb sent thousands to their deaths in a quick Kodak moment.
I had been to the killing fields and this port call was to re-energize for more of the same. I got as far away from the military as I could. I rented a room in a small hotel in the non-European sector; got a haircut in a Chinese barber shop, then turned around and decided to have an expensive drink in bar of one of the most expensive accommodations in the world, the Hong Kong Hilton.
There, I met an American Airlines stewardess from Kansas and we spent two totally g-rated romantic days together. We took the tram to Victoria Peak and our meals at a French café at the summit. From where we sat, we could see the Mainland, with its barbed wire and machine gun towers.
Hong Kong was still colonial then but more democratic than it was after the Communists from Beijing took it over. Now, thousands of people who were not even born when I visited are expressing their passion for freedom. Given the Mainland’s record for squelching such desires violently, I do not expect these demonstrations to last much longer. When Beijing tires of them, tanks will roll, machineguns will stammer, cannons will roar and the dream of democracy will go down, crushed and bloody.
Freedom may be popular but it is not necessarily contagious. More’s the pity, really.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
This is certainly good news, eh? Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria Appears to Be Contained
I found the answers to this question extremely provocative. Is it time to leave planet Earth?
This is certainly good news and if they can do it, so can the rest of us. Drastic Drop in California’s Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Levels Found
One People, 1,200 Sausages ~ The Country With More Than 1,200 Sausages
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
I love it when he makes us all look good. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s UN performance ends on high note
This gives me another “proud to be Made in Canada” moment. Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. Beautiful dawn out there.
Felina: Good morning, love of my three lifetimes. It is a red dawn and I find that somehow very appropriate.
Sam: You and Arnie have been watching the news all night again, haven’t you?
Felina: Arnold and I have indeed. And I am pondering.
Sam: Pondering is cool.
Felina: Samuel, why is it that human beings insist on going to places they do not live to give assistance that is often not requested and to impose a way of life or a standard of values totally alien to the people they are allegedly trying to help?
Sam: It never ceases to amaze me how you can get all that out in one breath.
Felina: I am the Queen of the Deep Reaches, remember?
Sam: Yes, Your Royal Highness.
Felina: And Queens can accomplish feats that dazzle the peasantry.
Sam: This is also true. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Tony and Cleo of digression. And the Orange Julius of the smooth segue.
Sam: And all night long, you and Arnie, our talking television set, have been watching do-gooder human beings go to places to render aid to other human beings who resent the intrusion and react rather dramatically.
Felina: I would say that cutting one’s head off is rather extreme.
Sam: Yep, it’s right up there with laying waste to entire populations to prove how serious one’s intent is to convert them to the one true god, the one true theology, economic and lifestyle.
Felina: Yes, precisely. You are very good at this, my love.
Sam: When inspired, Sweetheart. And you do inspire.
Felina: Thank you so much, my rapacious rapscallion. So it is basically cultural conceit which drives them to do these insane things in the name of virtue?
Sam: Felina, some species are born clueless, become more confused as they evolve and survive only because the Creator has compassion and a sense of humor beyond mortal comprehension.
Felina: That would follow. She is, after all, the Greatest of Queens.
Sam: And a reckonable force in the Universe. 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 is sincerely a step in the right direction, is it not? In the U.S., Georgia Colleges Prohibiting Tobacco, but Questions About Enforcement Linger
This makes me proud to have been partly raised in this state. California adopts sex crime rule
This is a good thing if it is enforced. U.S. Military Hospitals Are Ordered to Improve Care, Access and Safety
You guys know this is not cool. The idea is to be better than Occidentals at things like this, not to emulate them. China’s Fruitless Repression of the Uighurs
This could just put you off your bagel but better the enemy known, even if ~ as Walt Kelly said through Pogo ~ the enemy is us. Swimming Through Garbage
This makes me ashamed to be from the West. Welcome to E. coli creek: False Creek is Vancouver’s most contaminated body of water
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
A bike that also flies? How cool is that? Flying bike seeks sky-riders
This looks like a great idea. How to Get More Room in the Sock Drawer: Sell Your Cellphone
This will absolutely amaze you. ‘Thousands’ of new ocean mountains
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
Parents enthusiastic about their kids to participating in sports where there is a risk of head injuries might want to read this. Brain injuries like concussion can alter teens’ behaviour, girls especially
I wish I’d had this to read when I had to do it. What To Tell Children About A Parent’s Cancer
This is not going to make my tooth guy happy at all, I suspect. How Often Must We See A Dentist?
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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
BACKCOUNTRY GALLERY’S October wallpaper is here. Steve Perry’s nature photography in among the best you’ll find on the Net.
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This just might explain a lot. Feline view ~ How do domestic cats really see the world?
Share this with your children and grandchildren and they’ll love you forever. Museum handbook examines B.C.’s stunning variety of marine mammals
Thank God more is being done to reverse this trend, except, perhaps, being kinder to one another. World wildlife populations have declined by half since 1970
The SeaDoc Society’s October newsletter is now available. Features include: Annual subtidal dive monitoring yields early results; Power to the puffins!; October marine science lecture: oceanographer Paul Dayton; The people who make our lecture series possible; SeaDoc in the News
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty