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Sunday, November 9, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
ANY NATION SO CONCEIVED AND SO DEDICATED
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In Canada, it is called “Remembrance Day,” while in the States, it is known as “Veterans Day.” It is celebrated under various other names by other nations around the world and its purpose is to honor all those who served and particularly those who gave what Abraham Lincoln termed, in his Gettysburg Address, “the last full measure of devotion.”
In that historic speech, Mr. Lincoln sought not only to memorialize the valiant but to galvanize the rest of us into committing America to peace and to finding solutions which did not involve compromising the greatest resource any species, including ours, has to offer, its youth.
Here is that speech, shared in the hopes that wherever you live and under whatever form of government, peace is your nation’s ultimate goal as well.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
This must have been something to see, eh, gang? Whale makes a big splash off Skye
Here’s a question I’ve pondered more than once. What would happen if human beings became extinct?
I have suggested, in jest, that small people are better for the planet because they take up less space, consume less oxygen, contribute just as much but without consuming nearly as much food and water to do it and are not as taxing on other resources as us tall (albeit slim) folks. Sounds like I’m not the only one who feels that way.
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ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Here we go again, folks. Fisher: Canadian CF-18 fighter jets launch first attack on Islamic State targets in Iraq
This is sure good news. Canada’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.5 Per Cent, The Lowest Since 2008 Recession
Nice going, Mr. Harper. Harper to ink currency deal with China that will boost Canadian businesses
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. Happy Remembrance Day. I totally love what you’ve done with the place.
Felina: Good morning to you, love of my three lifetimes, and thank you so much, Dear. You do not think it is perhaps a trifle overdone, though? Arnold was suggesting the living room reminds me of this field in this place called Flanders.
Sam: Felina, our talking television set is referring to a famous poem by a Canadian physician who served in the First World War. His name was John McCrae.
Felina: Do you know this work?
Sam: Aye, Lass.
Felina: I should like very much to hear it, Samuel.
Sam: In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
.We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Felina: Oh, my love, that is so beautiful and yet so sad. How can a piece of art be so moving and yet so tragic?
Sam: No disrespect to your passion for this species, Lass, but we are talking about human beings here, in all their glory and all their contradictions.
Felina: Quite so, Samuel. Perhaps I should be grateful they honour such passing so eloquently.
Sam: And that the flower they have chosen speaks so lyrically as well.
Sam: 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 itself is a triumph over terrorism. Condé Nast Moves Into the World Trade Center as Lower Manhattan Is Remade
If you are looking for inspiration, you will find it here. Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
While I appreciate what he did, I think revealing that it was he who did the deed probably now makes him the target of every terrorist from Afghanistan to Zaire. Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Identified
If we don’t move now on this, we will be the worst examples in the history of our species. How our descendants will hate us
What goes up must come down so this is probably a solution in the offing. Orbital Rubbish Collectors — Laser Experts Head An Australian Space Industry Boom
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Next time it gets cold in Europe, get in touch with your gene pool. You’ve apparently been through this before. First Europeans ‘weathered Ice Age’
Considering the recent crisis facing bees all over the world, this sounds like an excellent idea. Plan for bee-friendly roads and rail
This is spectacular. How America Would Look On Other Planets
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THE GREEN AGENDA
Every human being on the planet is somehow, in some way, affected by this disease. For that reason, this is a Northstar “Must Read”. What I Learned About Living From Dying of Cancer
Could meditation be useful in handling office stress? After reading this, my guess is, “yep.”
Since I am one, I thought this was cool. 5 Benefits Of Being A Curious Person
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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
Despite this bad news, the little dudes (and dudettes) who hang out at the House of Northstar are doing fine, thank you very much. NW hummingbirds dwindle with climate change
Here’s a chance to die of cute. Baby Bears’ First Sight Of World
This lends a new perspective on an old expression. Video: Wolves At The Door
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
This freaked me ever since I saw this really strange sci-fi movie about a guy who had another head added to his body. Limb cells ‘can turn into genitals’
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