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Sunday, January 18, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 16
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
THIS ISN’T NOAH AND THE ARK
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In view of all the things that have been going on in the Wonderful World of Terror lately, it is easy to lose perspective and experience life as one under siege.
Ironically, ISIS and Al Qaeda have evolved from a culture which has experienced exactly that, for centuries, and mostly at the swords and guns of those who turned away from the very God in whose name they did their works.
We’ve spent almost a thousand years exploiting them and in the case of oil, transformed them into consumers as well as providers of this alleged “black gold.”
We’ve tried to tell them not only how to run their own countries but who should be in charge. We have attempted to imprint western values on an eastern world and when we couldn’t sell it to them softly, we shoved it down their throats at the point of a bayonet.
So naturally, some of them have finally said, “This is camel dung. Enough is enough.”
They also know a lot more about us than we do about them, including our profound colonial tendencies. They are not going to let us to do them what we did to the people of those lands we “discovered”.
It would behoove us to reverse history a bit. Perhaps it is time to “nation up.” We don’t really need anything Islamic nations have to offer except their good will. And whether we realize it or not, we need it desperately. If we ~ as a species ~ are to survive this latest cycle of climate change, we can no longer afford to make war on one another.
This isn’t Noah and the Ark. We are Noah and the planet is the Ark.
As admittedly annoying and slightly unnerving as this is, at least no one lost their head over it. ISIS Is Cited in Hacking of Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube Accounts
This is certainly long overdue. In a Safer Age, U.S. Rethinks Its ‘Tough on Crime’ System
We agree with this. To Respond To Terror, We Must Distinguish Its Three Varieties
2 Suspected Of Arson Against German Paper Which Printed French Cartoons Detained
AIRASIA FLIGHT 8501
FRENCH MAGAZINE OFFICE ATTACK
Down the years, lots of people have threatened to do this. ISIS cannot be as bright as we sometimes think if they seriously believe this will work for them when it failed for everyone else. Video repeats ISIS calls for Canada attacks
Now that they have sounded the alert, it’s time to take out the sugar cans. Bank of Canada warns economy could be in for a rough ride
This isn’t nearly enough. Probation For Teen Who Plead Guilty In Rehtaeh Parsons Case
We thought this was really cool. Croatians Elect Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic as Their First Female President
We agree with this totally. Canadian Amanda Lindhout spent 460 harrowing days in captivity in Somalia. Her survival is extraordinary — even more so is what unfolded upon her return. This resilient woman has emerged as a role model for compassion, a true humanitarian.
Vive le France. France ‘To Protect All Religions’
We’re not so sure this is a good idea. It’s like who is watching whom? And when will they all start watching us? F.B.I. Is Broadening Surveillance Role, Report Shows
We did not know this and the two of us who live here are not pleased. Study: WA Has Most Regressive Tax System In US
I’m not sure I like what this says about his constituency. Virginia Politician Serves 2 Terms: In Jail and in the State Legislature
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This is absolutely fascinating. The best singers in the ocean
Sounds like it is past time to get moving on this one. Shaky Ground: Few In B.C. Are Prepared For The Sleeping Monster That Could Awake At Any Time
I don’t think I have ever read anything quite like this. People Used to Sleep Twice a Night, With a Break in Between: 7 Ways to Connect With Our Wild Human Roots
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
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
Work Flexibility is #3 Business Priority in 2015
It’s hard to believe that some 21st century employers are still stuck in the Stone Age when it comes to adopting smart workplace flexibility programs (also known as “work flex”). Put simply, work flex saves time and money while increasing employee performance, business productivity and profits. Work flex lends itself to a more healthy work-life balance for employees, which increases morale, job satisfaction, engagement and productivity.
That’s why expanding work flex is my recommended #3 top business priority for the year ahead. However, embracing and implementing modern-day work flex policies and procedures are problematic for companies with an antiquated leadership and management mentality. Some old-school employers remain intransigent to offering work flex options to their employees, despite the obvious cost benefits explained below.
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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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This is not good news for one of nature’s most voracious pest controllers. No Time for Bats to Rest Easy
We definitely applaud this decision. Hong Kong Retailer Removes Ivory From Shelves
This is good news. Looks like OR 7 has company. New Wolf Confirmed In Southern Oregon
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