Sunday, February 1, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 18
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
AMERICA’S STORM OF THE CENTURY THAT WASN’T
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, now that America’s “storm of the century” has passed and was not, except in Boston,(US Admits Snow Forecast Errors) I’m breathing a sigh of relief. It’s been mostly monsoons, fog and cold sunshine in the Pacific Northwest. But those of us who have lived here for any length of time at all remember when it has not been this relatively mild.
I believe this is climate change in action and I’m behind the scientific community’s assertion that our lifestyle has caused a great deal of it. That aside, I think that one of the reasons it is easier for us up here to accept global warming ~ regardless the cause ~ is because in just Seattle’s King County alone, which is about the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined ~ we have something like eight microclimates.
It’s like, if you don’t like the weather where you are, hop a cross town bus. Everybody knows that and as a result, our media forecasters have a lot easier time of it because we don’t tend the burn the messenger if the news is bad.
We are young as cities go and somewhat parochial in our attitudes. We have nonetheless found that the best way to find out what the weather is involves nothing more complicated than walking outside. Especially in a place that has a different forecast for every zip code.
It’s the adaptability factor and it doesn’t involve complaining about it. It involves being prepared for it. More importantly, it means doing what we can ~ individual or corporate board ~ to stop contributing to it.
Sometimes I really do believe in comes right down to what so many human enterprises and interactions do and that is loving enough to make a difference. I’m a family man and the happiness of my kin and future generations means a lot to me. I expect it does to all of you as well.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
We so agree with this. Humans keep pushing planet’s boundaries, Nine environmental factors keep Earth livable. Scientists warn us that we need to be held within certain limits so that our species and other living organisms can continue to exist, and co-exist, on our relatively little blue-green marble.
When an organism like this can stay one step ahead of the most brilliant human medical minds on the planet, I really think we need to re-examine our definition of “intelligent life,” and accept that we may not be the epitome of it. Ebola virus mutating, scientists say
Not to single one nation out for it because all are guilty of it to one degree or another, perhaps we can learn from What You Need To Know About Chronic Sexual Violence In India
Key Nigerian City Under Fresh Attack
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
This started when anti-Canadian sentiments were running high on the American northwest border. But it has gone on entirely too long and it certainly is not a reflection of our national character. Victoria’s Secret: Dumping Raw Sewage Like It’s 1915
This was a total trip. All Hail Miss Canada, The Vengeful God Of Hockey
FROM THE UKRAINE
Here is a picture our readers might like. It was taken from the streets of Lviv, West Ukraine. It means “We are all fish in one sea.”
Lord Wellington’s words, “The only thing more tragic than a battle lost is a battle won” remind me of the pale face of my co-student. Her brother spent last winter at Maydan and afterwards, when insurgency started in the East, went there as a volunteer. He never came back.
One of my journalist colleagues, regarding the Charlie tragedy, wrote, “The pen will always be mightier.” I’m not sure if it can be mightier. Money and power are mighty enough to buy enough pens. But with freedom of speech some writers do provoke thoughts.
Quoting GG Byron:
“words are things, and a small drop of ink,
falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. “
Stay warm, Mishka.
An American police detective named Joseph Wambaugh did this and it worked out real well for him and his fans, me included. So good luck with this one. From Undercover To Book Cover: Mountie Ditches Job To Write Thrillers
Good call, My President. Obama: Protect Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Thomas Edison would be proud. A Water Main In East Portland, Oregon Is Now Powering Light Bulbs
This is inevitable but still sad, especially considering there are other ways to move a ship than by screw. Ship Propeller Killed Whale Found In Seattle
This was a major “ooops.” Government Employee Crashes Small Drone at White House
There was a time when I would have horse-whipped those responsible for something like this. 201 Dogs In Distress Removed From Alberta Property
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This reminded me of those Japanese Giant Whatever Stomps All Over Big Cities movies of the Fifties, which thanks to RTV, are apparently coming back. Come and have a go ~ Who would win fantasy fight between diplodocus and blue whale?
This to me is how our species will eventually reach the stars. Hoping to Set Sail on Sunlight
This is for the inner child in all of us. This Engineer Makes Amazing Model Trains
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
PULSE: By David B. Grinberg ~ Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
IS YOUR COMPANY A SOCIAL MEDIA DINOSAUR?
How savvy is your employer on social media? Has it staked out a strong social presence in cyberspace, or is it more like a meandering social dinosaur in Jurassic times? Today’s modern companies should know by now that embracing social media contributes to business success in the 21st century Digital Age. Here’s why:
Strategically leveraging social media can lead to increased profits, customer loyalty and trust, among a range of other business benefits (listed below). In short, implementing a smart social strategy simply makes good business sense.
This is especially true when considering the change in labor force demographics with younger generations increasingly entering the workforce. Couple that with the hyper-paced changes in new and evolving mobile, digital and virtual technologies which are now part of everyday life.
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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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We see a Disney film in this one, for sure. Two Lionesses Born To Circus Life Get First Taste Of Freedom »
There is something incredibly endearing about these weird little dudes (and dudettes).
I thought this was a little amazing. The Toughest Cocoon In The World
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