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Sunday, October 26, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olga Bereza
SEMANTICS: THE SWORD MEETS THE SCIMITAR
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I came across an article I’d really recommend we all read. It is about the language of conflict and though the semantics can be traced back to the first hominid who picked up a club after the species of his mother’s ancestry was called into question, this piece focuses on our reaction to ISIS.
It seems that to engage in this interesting craft of war, we must demonize our enemy. I am personally not a fan of hate speech in any form, regardless its justification. I have never seen any real good of it and despite the childhood allegation that words cannot hurt us, horse manure. They can and we all know that. They strike the heart, as it were, in a way no other weapon can.
Wounds of the heart are injuries of the mind, as well, and ones which impair judgment and compromise one’s survival instinct. It is, for instance, difficult to be rational about someone who reminds us of those who have hurt us, our family, our nation. By comparing one’s enemy to the most horrific of these, we let self-preservation kick in. And then, sports fans, we are literally off and running down the road to Armageddon.
Those who use hate speech as a weapon understand this or they would not waste their time with it. It has been working for a very long time and apparently has a shelf life of reckonable antiquity. Diplomacy is Thursday’s child in comparison and apparently does have a long way to go.
Tomas Kapitan, ~ a writer of considerable expertise on this subject ~ in his New York Times essay entitled “Reign of Terror”, calls instead for the language of understanding, compromise and conflict resolution. He suggests that it might be far more profitable for all concerned if we used semantics to shape our world, rather than letting words define the extent of our species-hood.
I could not agree more. Thanks once again for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Since the associate editor of this publication drives a vehicle which uses these, this one is a little closer to home. There are words I could use to describe how I feel about news like this. I can cuss the bark off a birch at five klicks but I usually refrain out of consideration for the rest of the forest. It Looked Like a Stabbing, but Takata Air Bag Was the Killer
What are the five friendliest cities in the world? The answers just might surprise you.
For those who understand the web of life ~ which is probably all of you ~ this is very good news. Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars
Video: China’s Kazakhs Reverse Course
Brazil Votes In Presidential Run-Off
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This could have turned out much worse than it actually did. Attack On Ottawa: A Brazen Assault On Canada’s Capital
I’ll just bet that sooner or later, there is a husband and wife team behind this. Citizens of the Maple Leaf, meet Dudley and Dottie Do-Right. RCMP sets ‘ambitious’ recruitment target: 50% women
Apparently, in Saskatchewan, a dog is not a man (or woman’s) only best friend. Saskatchewan couple fights to keep pet raccoon
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. Her name is Olya Bereza and her email address is email@example.com
Hello, Расти: I am in West Ukraine at the moment. The media is preparing us for voting in Parliament elections today, Sunday, the 26th of October. It is always hilarious to notice all these advertising tricks in politics. At that I found quite interesting, the Liberal Party with new faces and good slogans like “a person is of first value” which I totally agree.
But there are some other parties and other appeals which make me worried. Like this idea of nation too close to condemned one. They could at least choose another logo. I was about eight when the previous ideology (dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991) was fallen and I do not want to have to digest a new one like that. Freedom and liberty and human rights and peace are what I hopefully expect from the elections.
Stay warm, Mishka.
P.S. The yellow tent in the photo is a campaign kiosk urging people to vote for this party at the parliamentary elections. Lviv is in West Ukraine. I love this city but radicalism is not the way, if you think about whole country prosperity which is a home for a few nations.
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. I smell pizza.
Felina: Good morning, love of my three lifetimes, and how very astute of your nose. Would you care to join Arnold and me in the den? We are watching this programme on women who become terrorists for love.
Sam: You and Arnie sure find some bizarre stuff out there in McLuhan’s Vast Frontier.
Felina: Arnold has an insatiable appetite for knowledge, Dear. It would be a shame to limit his quest for it.
Sam: Not to mention the Chicago Deep Dish you guys eat hanging out and stuff.
Felina: To quote my mate of three lifetimes: “If there is no pizza in the Good Place, I am going to Hell for lunch.”
Sam: This is very true and it is nice to be quoted verbatim like that. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Will and Hilarity of Digression. And the She’ll See of the smooth segue.
Sam: Which is to say that you are our sentient television set have been watching videos about ISIS recruiting female human beings.
Felina: Very good, my love. And quite so. I know that female humans have been warriors since they had different shaped heads and slumped a lot.
Sam: Since the species began, yep.
Felina: But this does seem rather extreme, these OASIS people.
Sam: Oh yeah, they’re a little out there, Lass.
Felina: And the news tells us that some of them are mate hunting, Samuel?
Sam: If that’s what the media’s telling you, that is probably how it is.
Felina: Are these female humans so unattractive that they cannot find partners among the saner segments of their society?
Sam: Sweetheart, my guess would be that there’s some twist in their road, yep.
Felina: I mean, it is one thing to fall in love with a male in uniform. I did when you were serving with the United States Cougar Corp. You were actually quite dashing.
Sam: Thank you, Lass. I also did not go around trying to chop anybody’s head off.
Felina: You were the model of the osprey décor, my love. So these human females who want to take mates from males who cut off the heads of other human beings, you are suggesting perhaps a mental imbalance?
Sam: Felina, they’re crazier than that Canadian duck you guys like so much.
Felina: Ah, so simply an aberration of the norm.
Sam: A speed bump down their evolution highway. And yes, Sweetheart, this too will pass.
Felina: I think, then, that Arnold and I need no more to watch this tragic nonsense.
Sam: That’s the way it looks from my side of the cave, Sweetheart. 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 why it is not good policy to get Canada mad. Soldier’s death strengthens resolves of troops heading to Kuwait: defence minister reports
This is justice well served. Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Iraq Killings
That this is still being done anywhere in the universe appalls me. That it is being done of earth makes me ashamed of being human. Video: To Kill a Sparrow ~ In Afghanistan, thousands of young women have been imprisoned for so-called moral crimes – including running away from unlawful forced marriages. This is one woman’s story.
This has got to hurt a little, eh, Ronald? Al-Qaeda magazine urges boycott of McDonald’s
Sometimes change comes more slowly to some places than it does to some others. Small Towns, Small Hearts
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I would like to try one of these but when I went to buy a Mini Cooper, I was told they did not make one in my size. This is even smaller than that. Driving the world’s smallest car
This, however, is another story entirely. Your e-rickshaw has arrived
The American advertising copywriter who came up with the slogan, “So simple a cave man can do it,” might very well have been related to one. Check this out, gang. Man’s Genome From 45,000 Years Ago Is Reconstructed
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
I don’t eat this stuff but I know people who do and I’ve often wondered Are those super foods really so super?
Here is yet another good reason to get out in the sun, even or perhaps especially in winter. ‘Sunshine can slow weight gain’
I totally believe in this. 8 Ways Forgiveness Is Good For Your Health
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Bear Cub Strolls Through Oregon Drug Store
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
For those of us who have known and loved these magnificent animals, this is so true. Two Horses, One Language
This is totally awesome except for the author’s use of the term “killer whale”. As we pointed out in our comments at the end, that’s like calling Canadians “Canucks.” In all of the True North, the only Canucks are professional hockey players and these big dudes and dudettes are orcas. Drones bring back killer pictures of killer whales
Putting an animal in a cage or even a glorified glass jar is like asking a human to spend its life in a space the size of a federal prison cell. We punish anthropoid miscreants and innocent animals alike when we do this. So The Northstar Journal totally supports this effort. Campaign For Temple Elephant Saama Gathers Momentum
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