Sunday, January 25, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 17
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
THE ONLY THING MORE TRAGIC THAN A BATTLE LOST
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it’s been another real interesting week and not a particularly good one for terrorists. We’re learning who the real bad guys are and realizing that it’s not so much about faith as it is about behavior.
In other words, it’s not nearly as important who one prays to as it is how they conduct their lives and treat one another. That means that certain things are just not done, among them, kidnapping, torture, exploitation, abuse or murder, private or on YouTube.
I think what rankles me most is that it seems to have started out so simply.
Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
Then, for some reason, we needed to quantify it with the Ten Commandments. Since Moses brought those down, we have gone on to create a flood of legislation across almost three millennium, none of which seems to have made an incredible amount of difference in how we do unto others.
We go to war to kill people who are killing other people. We slap economic sanctions on nations who can least afford them in order to stop them from invading neighboring countries for the resources they desperately need. We attempt to impose our values on other cultures without the least understanding of either the cultures involved or the contemporary efficacy of those values.
And there is not one nation ~ large or small ~ which is not guilty of that to one degree or another. And what, really are nations, if not the people who live in them? Can those who cannot control themselves, their families and/or their neighborhoods really expect to influence the course of the biggest family to which they belong?
The Duke of Wellington, after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, contended two things that I have found true in my own experience with war. The first was that the only thing more tragic than a battle lost is a battle won. The second was that war will end when the toy soldiers are gone from the nursery.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
I am not sure this is necessarily good news for the rest of us. Money may not buy happiness but it does pay for privilege. Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016
This is good news, especially for the big cats involved. India’s Tiger Population Up 30%
This bears reading. Transcript of American President Barack Obama’s State Of The Union address
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AIRASIA FLIGHT 8501
FRENCH MAGAZINE OFFICE ATTACK
BBC SPECIAL REPORT — Ukraine Crisis: In-Depth Features And Background On Ukraine Conflict
We totally agree with this. Crown Urges Indefinite Sentence For Martin Tremblay
I hope this is not as silly as it sounds. Ottawa To Invoke Rarely Used Law In Buy America Feud
This is not good news. Ocean floor off Vancouver Island will rip open like a zipper
This is reassuring. Preserved Under Fiberglass Domes, a Counterculture Spirit Thrives
This should certainly motivate and inspire. How This Vancouver Entrepreneur Turned Her Hobby Into An International Business
I like it when someone takes the time and trouble to do this for us. Myth Busting: The cost of food
This is an outrage but I am not surprised. Cancer-Causing Agent Found In Water After Pipeline Spill In Montana
Jeez, ya think? C.I.A. Report Found Value of Brutal Interrogation Was Inflated
Please, Ronald, say it ain’t so. McDonald’s Sued For Racial Bias
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I am a profound fan of anything airborne so I enjoyed this one a great deal. Planes That Changed The World
Being an optimist, I thought this was really cool. Science Finds Yet Another Reason To Look On The Bright Side
I kind of hope the answer to this question is no. Could A Robot Write A Novel?
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
WHAT WOULD MLK SAY TODAY?
As America observes the annual federal holiday honoring the historic life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), let’s pause and ponder this question: What might MLK say today — if he were still alive — about the following civil rights and socio-economic justice issues of the 21st century…
Race & Law Enforcement. What would MLK say regarding recent racial tensions between law enforcement and citizens of color, especially young black men?
- Would Dr. King castigate and rally against racial profiling and other alleged discriminatory police tactics which disproportionately affect citizens of color?
- Would MLK condone or encourage rioting, looting and burning down community small businesses due to egregious racial incidents with police?
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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 know some people like this. Video: Bats That Prey Together
This must have been real fun, for all involved. Bulgaria Seizes Two Million Eels Hidden In Luggage
Why they would want to do this is a little beyond me but then this is Australia, after all. Scientists Extract DNA From 40,000 Year Old Giant Kangaroos »
BIRD LOVERS ALERT: The Cornell (University) Lab of Ornithology’s January 2015 newsletter is now available. Features this month include outstanding articles on the snowy owl, waterfowl in winter and a catalogue of webinars covering all facets of birds and bird watching.
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