A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest
Sunday, November 16, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
MY OWN EYES ON THE STARS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. First of all, we would like to express our appreciation to American president Barack Obama and his administration for putting the welfare of the constituency above politics. Their list of climate change executive orders has been called “sweeping.” I have no doubt we’ll hear much less complimentary terms for it from those who care little about the world their great-grandchildren will inherit.
I think that landing a rover put together by a conglomerate of lowest bidders is something in which our species can take a great deal of pride. As sometimes happens, Hollywood beat them there. Remember that Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thonrton film Armageddon?
And in view of how relatively close to our home planet some of these extraterrestrial flying objects (efo) come, it is gratifying to know that if we can land on one, we can blow it to smithereens to save all that St. Francis of Assisi valued so dear, including us. Remember that Sean Connery and Brian Keith film Meteor? It was made in 1979, so yep, Hollywood got there first again.
The human imagination has always been the vanguard for our noblest aspirations and our basest depravities. It is appropriate, then, to look to the art our species produces. It would not surprise me that every piece of culture is a window into a choice of futures and provided so that we, as individuals, can make choices based upon our own visions of Tomorrow.
We have daring and monumental epics of space on the one hand and situation comedies with walking and talking dead people on the other. If one truly comes from graveyard mud and the other from a quest for a benevolent universe, I’ll keep my own eyes on the stars, thank you very much.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
This is more than a little scary. Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems
Nice going, gang. ‘We are on the comet’: Rosetta team says comet landing was a success
Video: 36 Hours In Dublin
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This would be cool in any country but I’m glad it’s taking place in this one. Chester, the false killer whale, thrives at aquarium’s rescue centre (with video)
I have a feeling this is not the last we have heard of this. Judge orders pipeline protesters to clear out by 4 p.m. Monday
Since I am a fan of his, this came as good news. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson ‘humbled and honoured’ to win a third term
Sam: Hi, Sweetheart. Beautiful night. Mind if I join you. I have pizza.
Felina: I would be delighted, love of my three lifetimes. And you know how I so love salmon deep dish with anchovies.
Sam: Yep. It’s the only food group I’m jealous of.
Felina: That was so sweet, Samuel. But surely you know for whom my real passion is saved.
Sam: I do, Lass. And I am honored. So, star gazing?
Felina: I am looking for that little robot that landed on that comet. I should like very much to applaud its spirit of adventure and its courage.
Sam: Having much luck with that so far, Felina.
Felina: His wee voice is growing louder. I had no idea there are so many of these metal creatures out there, all with something to say.
Sam: All of them speaking human, right?
Felina: You do not really want to know that, do you?
Sam: When you put it that way, no, probably not. If any of those little metal weirdos are questing cougar cuisine, I’d just as soon go down their gullets ignorant of the fate which awaits us all.
Felina: It is ironic, I think, that as the planet becomes a healthier place to live, those of us who dwell here become tastier to extra-foreign palates.
Sam: It kind of makes me wonder if all those invasion science fiction movies are actually documentaries, thinly disguised.
Felina: We might also wonder where the people who made them are really from.
Sam: And what their true intentions really are.
Felina: Precisely. Space exploration is a bit like crying loudly in a rain forest. One never knows who will answer.
Sam: That’s enough to put a puma off its pizza, 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.
It does not, in my opinion, get much better than this. The family that saved 3000
For those of us who can remember an earlier era, this is very validating. The New Grassroots Heroes: They Fight Pollution—and Police Brutality—And They’re Changing How Social Movements Happen
This just shows me how little one nation’s chief executive understands the Asian concept of “saving face.” U.S. Gives North Korea the Silent Treatment
This cannot bode well. The students who feel they have the right to cheat
This is absolutely reprehensible. 11 Years Later, Woman’s Death Is Tied to G.M. Ignition Defect
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This is why I always wanted to be an explorer. Scientists Journey Inside Mysterious Crater
And this too. Rare Footprints Discovered In Denmark
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 really needs to change. US women put themselves at risk for cancer
Something needs to be done about this and NOT tomorrow. Cancer-causing ingredient found in bread
The Weekly Health Quiz — In the news: Asthma, children’s coughs and colon cancer rates. Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.
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
A Captured Ice Moon — Neptune’s moon Triton was the last stop on Voyager II’s tour of the outer planets. It is one of the coldest objects in the solar system and a big brother of Pluto, which NASA will visit next year.
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
Classified and other Advertising Copy Writing
Humor: Jokes & Monologues
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is an experience most of us would probably pass on, methinks. LOL. Face To Face With A Man-Eating Tiger
This has Movie of the Week written all over it. Mystery Of The Man-Eating Snakes
This was definitely worth watching. Wading rhinos and wasp nests
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
The people with the reddest hair in the world apparently live here. So how come me and Cousin Olya are blond(e)s?
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