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Sunday, December 28, 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
IT WORKED FOR THE “FIGHTING IRISH” OF NOTRE DAME
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s traditional in the media to review the past year and make some predictions for the one ahead. I think the more infamous among us do that because their readers don’t remember. You guys do so we can skip that part.
The second part is risky for a couple three reasons. If the predictions are way out there, they can be interesting but cast some doubt on the prophet’s sanity. If several of them come true, the prophet’s sanity is off the hook but the world as we know it comes into question.
If most of the predictions come true, the prophet becomes very much in demand and remains so until enough of his soothsaying fails to materialize. Then, of course, the process goes into reverse.
Western society is not unlike Tsarist Russia in one regard. Whoever reigns does so at the discretion of those who anoint and appoint. The throne is never secure and few who aspire to it keep it long. Most of the time, being famous is not a good way to live long and prosper.
Predictions also suggest that the future is already written, that it has, in fact, already happened. I’m no rocket scientist but I know the theory of relativity well enough not to buy into that mellifluous malarkey. If it had already happened, it would be the past, not the future. Hello?
We who live today determine the shape, flavor, texture and tone of tomorrow. All the socio-political and technological extrapolations of trends which are the bedrock of contemporary prophecy cannot measure the infinite capacity of our species to fail abysmally, try again and succeed spectacularly.
As one of us said, “We’re going to run this play over and over again until we get it right.” It worked for the “Fighting Irish” of Notre Dame and it works for the rest of us as well.
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This is certainly an example worth following. Australians Promise To Muslims “I’ll Ride With You
It still puzzles me that we can be so dependent on this stuff in an otherwise energy-enlightened new century. In Oil States, Bracing for a Price Bust’s Ripple Through the Economy
Here we go again. Sigh. AirAsia Jet From Indonesia Is Missing, Airline Says
ISIS, SPYING & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This cannot possibly bode well for Vancouver Islanders. ‘Catastrophic’ earthquake and tsunami brewing off B.C. coast
This is absolutely inspirational. A Canadian soldier re-learns how to be a civilian
This is definitely a step in the right direction. Court places cap on involuntary detention of mental-health patients
Sometimes the House of Homophobia needs to be dismantled one brick at a time. F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood
This is great news and also long overdue. Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change
This is one of those “stand up and cheer” stories. Stephen Hume: Good Things Happen When A Small Town Fights Back
His Holiness Also Had a Busy Christmas:
No guts, no glory. In About-Face, Sony Will Screen ‘The Interview’ in a Small Run
This looks like the best of a bad bargain. Firing of V.A. Clinic Chief Is Upheld Over Gifts, Not Wait Lists
Now, now, guys. No need to libel another life form. North Korea Accuses U.S. Of Shutting Down Its Internet, Calls Obama A ‘Monkey In A Tropical Forest’
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
We totally loved this. The Year in Robots
Good move, Academia. Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science
This is starting to creep me out a little because it reminds me of these mechanical cockroaches in the television series Stargate SG-1. Robot Leads a Six-Legged Race for Knowledge
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
PULSE: By David B. Grinberg
Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
3 Guideposts for New Dialogue on Race Relations
Embarking on a new national conversation is a common sense approach. A fresh dialogue on race can help bridge the divide between white policemen and citizens of color, especially young black men. This will help avoid more lethal confrontations. Any dialogue on race should adhere to the following three guideposts:
- Formulate and engage in new and creativeways to discuss divisive issues of race on a coordinated national, state and local level between public officials, police and citizens of color at all levels.
- Ensure the conversation results in mutually beneficial and common sense solutions for all citizens, regardless of race or color; and
- Continue pressing the dialogueuntil meaningful and measurable progress is made via specific progressive actions.
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BEST OF THE NET
Video: Soaring: View From the Cockpit
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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Humor: Jokes & Monologues
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
If you are into these little dudes (and we are), you will totally love this. How many penguins can you count?
I see a movie in this one. Pepe the autism-support dog dramatically improves life for White Rock girl and family
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