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Sunday, December 7, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
And in Dedication to Danny Quinn
SOMETIMES WE LEARN PAINFULLY, BUT WE DO LEARN
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In America and much of the Western World, this is the season of good will to all. Because the individual whose birthday the season celebrates was such a stand up kind of guy, we tend to celebrate the best that is in us, as a society, a nation and a species.
Therefore, it almost seems a contradiction in purpose to also address the issue of racially prejudiced police departments whose recent abuses of force have inflamed the entire nation and outraged an entire planet.
It would seem that many police departments ~ including the one in the city in which I live ~ have forgotten what the traditional role of community law enforcement is.
Police departments were formed to protect the community from those who would do it harm. Every citizen ~ regardless of personal demographics ~ was considered important and profiling did not exist.
The relationship was one of stewardship and cooperation. Citizens helped police find and arrest bad guys. The police, in turn, made sure that nobody wearing blue got badge heavy. People skills were more important than marksmanship; diplomacy more important than looking like a cereal box athlete.
Our society, yet in adolescence when compared with other life forms on terra firma, tends to stray like a teenager exploring boundaries. We’ve wandered a bit far afield but people are rioting in protest and the federal Justice Department is pushing hard for law enforcement agencies in places like Cleveland, Ohio; Ferguson, Missouri; and New York City to essentially knock off the horse manure and do the job the way the job is done.
The human misery and suffering, the property damage and the resources diverted from other vital enterprises notwithstanding, sometimes we learn painfully. But we do learn.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
Particularly in times as troubled as these seem to be, I find this very reassuring. The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On
We wish we could have been there. Funeral for ‘brave’ German woman
This is certainly good news. More Jobs and Higher Wages: U.S. Recovery Starts to Hit Home
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Sometimes there is something to be said for being bland. Canada’s epidemic of peace, order and lawfulness
It’s better to know and prepare. The threat of homegrown terrorism
The excesses of our neighbour to the south notwithstanding, I trust those whose mission it is to defend the Maple Leaf. Concerns raised about accountability as Canada’s spy agency takes on more overseas missions
Sometimes, this is what it takes. Where Grass Is Greener, a Push to Share Drought’s Burden
This definitely gave me an “Oh Canada” rush. Energy East port must be away from belugas, Quebec and Alberta premiers say
This should inspire. Cycling over the Pyrenees with one leg
This is not a good idea. A Lesser Warning? Maybe
Is it just me or do these people seem slow to get the message? Takata Resists Midnight Deadline to Expand Airbag Recall
As long as we treat the most vulnerable among us like this, we have absolutely no right criticizing how other nations and other cultures treat theirs. An Asylum’s Final Secrets
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This should not surprise us. In 2015, Technology Shifts Accelerate and China Rules, IDC Predicts
This is astounding. Lessons From an Ancient Time When Recyclers Walked the Earth
So is this. Astounding. B.C. researchers dive underwater caves to solve salmon mystery (with video)
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
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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 must have been one incredible journey. Gray Wolf Travels 450 Miles To Grand Canyon »
We’re glad to see they figured this out. Study: Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn’t work
Our answer to this is “yes.” Should Grizzlies Be Restored To The North Cascades?
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