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Sunday, November 23, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
WHY MY HOUSE DOES NOT EAT TURKEY THE THIRD THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, this Thursday, most Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving. In my house, not so much. My significant other, GRHS, was a member of the tribe that welcomed the Pilgrims. Unlike many First Nations on the continent at that time, the Wampoags had an extremely liberal immigration policy. Long before the Statue of Liberty, they were taking in the refuse of Europe’s teeming shores.
I don’t blame modern Americans for being wary of immigrants. Look how it turned out for Natives. Europe’s flotsam ended up owning practically every bloody hectare between two oceans, Canada and Mexico.
Consider, as well, how the ancestors of 21st Century Americans treated those who were here first. Could it be that they now fear that these new immigrants will repeat history? Karma is a gentle lass until roused so if I was a Son of the American Revolution or had blue blood in my veins, I’d probably be losing sleep these days too.
However, since I’m neither of those, I am free to enjoy the season for what it has come to mean to me and to most other Norte Americanos. It is a time for counting one’s blessings, as it were, rather than caterwauling the Fates for what one does not have or has failed to accomplish.
I’m glad I live in a nation where even the most ridiculous opinions can make national television. I am amused by a country whose citizens and national government do so truly reflect the growing dysfunctionalism of the American family. Perhaps most of all, I like living in a land where I can say something like that and not end up in a gulag archipelago.
Happy Thanksgiving, America. And thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
We join Israel, the World Jewish Community and every individual of conscience and good faith in mourning the loss of these. Jewish Victims, All From One Jerusalem Street, Were a Congregation’s ‘Wise Scholars’
From as near as I can tell, this particular way of interacting is once again on the rise. We hope this works where you live and that you’ll do something about it whether you are directly or indirectly involved. Listen: Four experts offer tips for reporting sexual harassment
Fisher: New Trade Deals With China, India Cement Australia’s Status As Key Indo-Pacific Power Player
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This is always good to know. Here’s how much you need to earn to live in a Canadian city
Their Chamber of Commerce is going to love this. ‘The Party City Of Canada’
This is what happens when a pipeline becomes personal. Police arrest 16 more protesters on Burnaby Mountain (with video)
Sam: Good morning, Sweetheart. It smells fantastic in here. What’s with all the cool food and all four burners and the oven going? And what’s Arnie doing in here? I didn’t know his cord reached that far.
Felina: Good morning to you too, love of my three life times. Arnold and I have decided to help our southern neighbours celebrate their Thanksgiving.
Sam: That’s cool and on behalf of that rather benighted nation, thank you, Felina Elizabeth Wellington-Fitzhugh St. Germaine, Queen of the Deep Reaches and all the realms appurtenant to.
Felina: That was delightful, my love. You really do that quite well, you know.
Sam: I am truly honored by your society, Your Majesty.
Felina: When you are not starting to wade in it, We should probably have added.
Sam: Gotcha, Lass. So you and our talking television set are cooking up a storm and making like these really excellent baskets for the less fortunate of your human subjects.
Felina: Precisely, Dr. Whatson.
Sam: Thank you, Shylock Harms.
Felina: That rather sparkled, did it not?
Sam: It did, indeed. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Pocabottomus and the Captain John Schwartz of Digression. And the St. Cyrano of De Bergerac of the smooth segue.
Sam: Just one quick question?
Felina: Of course, my love. For you, anything.
Sam: You and our TV set do realize, right, that it’s traditional to serve turkey on that holiday.
Felina: Of course. I am Canadian, not ignorant.
Sam: Yep. However, Lass, if it wasn’t for the salmon that go to Heaven via your stomach, you’d be about the nearest thing to a herbivore.
Felina: And this has what to do again with serving a turkey?
Sam: I smell Chinook, Felina. I do not smell a bird that gobbles.
Felina: Why in the world would I want to prepare a cooked turkey for a dinner guest who is one? That would be absolutely barbaric.
Sam: Okay, now that I am thoroughly lost.
Felina: His name is Theodore Oscar Madison.
Sam: Let me guess. Tom, for short.
Felina: Yes, my love. And such a distinguished bird he is. Since turkeys have contributed so much to America, Arnold and I decided this should also be a day to celebrate the fowl which almost became America’s national bird.
Sam: Sweetheart, once again, you show us all why you are Queen of the Deep Reaches. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note, we would like to wish Americans wherever they may be and particularly a company of Marines fighting terrorism in Iraq, a sincerest Happy Thanksgiving. 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.
If this is true, cool. Where is Sonny Barger when we need him now, eh? European biker gangs say their members are fighting ISIS in the Middle East
These people are awesome. The Ultimate Multi-Taskers
Now here’s how social media can also be used. Nice going, folks. Facebook donating internet access in West Africa to fight Ebola
Hello? This is what happens in an international marketplace. Defective Takata Airbag Grows Into Global Problem for Manufacturer
I almost put this under You Guys Think I Make This Stuff Up. South Korea’s labour ministry told women they should tell potential employers they don’t mind “casual jokes about sex”
This is chilling. City at war – where a police officer is killed every day
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Looks like volcanoes are very much in the news these days, doesn’t it? A volcano in Iceland produced lava that could cover the entire island of Manhattan
This is absolutely fascinating. A painting that predates modern man
Despite being a “small is beautiful” advocate, I was impressed by this. World’s biggest crane ship sets sail
BEYOND THE PALE
HERE ON EARTH
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
We’ve long suspected this and if what it addresses was a personal issue, we’d certainly try it. Mediterranean Diet ‘Combats Obesity’
We’re going to keep this posted in here for awhile to give all of Shannon’s twinkling lights the opportunity to become informed on this topic. Get the facts: Ebola Virus Disease
We knew this. Obesity ‘costing same as smoking’
FOR WOMEN ESPECIALLY
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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
This has altered my perception of reality a bit. The biggest organism in the world
It’s about time. Wildlife crime wanted list released
Which North American songbird do you think warbles the loudest? Tell the good folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as that program heads into its centennial anniversary.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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