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Sunday, January 4, 2015
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO SAGES AND THEIR ORACLES
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Now that it has been clearly established that the House of Northstar made the transition, welcome to 2015.
Last week, I had a lot of fun with annual predictions and referred to them as prophecy. I have since been asked by several of you if I believe that there are those who can see into the future.
Yep, I sure do. The future they’re looking into however is ~ and this is a major caveat here ~ as things stand now. That means if you like what you see up the road, keep on doing whatever you’re doing and do not mess with it.
If, however, you see unhappiness, you need to take whatever steps you can to sheer clear of the shoals, as it were. That goes for small personal events and the occasional Eve of the Apocalypse,
Do I believe Doomsday prophets? Again, another “yep, sure I do.” Regardless of whether or not you’re an Al Gore fan, everybody knows that the climate on the planet is changing rapidly and not in the best interests of the industrialized species we have become.
We know, as well, that to some degree, we have contributed to global warming because of the lifestyle billions of us have chosen or had forced on us. We have accepted that if we do not do something about it, we will eventually join a pantheon of forgotten species who were given a chance to thrive on earth and chose not to do so.
So it’s not like we really need to “believe” anything. All we have to do is pay attention and play our small role in creating the kind of world future generations of us will know.
With all due respect to the sages and their oracles, in my house, that is neither rocket science nor prophecy.
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Why do I have a feeling the favorite expression in Russia these days is, “Yes, Vladimir”? Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Is Seized at Rally After Suspended Sentence in Fraud Case
If guilt works for you, go for it. Just get it done. After Tide of Recalls, Auto Industry Does Some Soul-Searching
I totally agree with this and pray that ~ as a species ~ we keep making more of the right ones. Pollution Around the World: A Matter of Choices
Special Report: India Direct: Beyond The Headlines And Exploring The People, Economy And Culture Of India.
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ISIS, SPYING & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Considering our tendency to re-invent ourselves whenever the need arises, I thought this was just a tad melodramatic. 2015 Election To Determine Canada’s Role In A World Full Of Woe
I’m not sure why but this reassures me, on several levels. Canadian Forces Expand Virtual Reality Training Capabilities
Someone we know and of whom we are extremely proud is one of these. Ukraine’s Facebook Warriors
Right on, folks. Chinese Court Orders 6 Companies to Pay $26 Million for Polluting
Look what happens when we choose to learn from the best. Six lessons geniuses can teach us
This needs to be dealt with before it becomes a national disgrace. As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care
This IS a national disgrace. Kids and Jails, a Bad Combination
We expected more from the Jewel of Scandinavia. In Sweden, the Land of the Open Door, Anti-Muslim Sentiment Finds a Foothold
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I would not advise reading this too close to bed time. What if humans became extinct?
Despite my aversion to prophecy, I found this extremely interesting. Tomorrow’s World: What Do The Next 150 Years Hold?
It is nice that the scientific community has validated something many of my gender have known since puberty. A Woman’s Voice Can Literally Make A Man’s Skin Tingle, Study Finds
HERE ON EARTH
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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
By David B. Grinberg, Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
Cybersecurity is #1 Business Priority for 2015
Happy New Year everyone! Now let’s get down to business. Five priorities for corporate America and every large global employer in the 2015 calendar year should center on the following: strengthening cybersecurity, fostering workforce diversity, expanding work flexibility, maximizing social media, and firing malicious managers.
Capitalizing on these priorities will help employers increase bottom-line productivity and boost revenue, which should please investors and corporate boards. Moreover, adhering to the aforementioned priorities will allow companies to build more positive work environments where all employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential — in terms of talent and ability — and become key assets to the organization.
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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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I totally agree with this, considering how we must look to them. Eight ugly animals we should save
Our congratulations to the proud parents of this big cutie. New baby orca joins southern residents
Here’s another chance to die of cute. A Canine Bond
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