Sunday, February 15, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 21
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
THE STUFF OF HOLLYWOOD
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In bringing this modest weekly to you, we read headlines and summaries from over a dozen of the best media in the English-speaking world.
Every once in awhile, a story jumps out of this news panoply and grabs us, sometimes in a good way and sometimes, in a not so good way. This is one of the former.
This story is about a small tribe of people on the Amazon River defeating attempts by an international fossil fuel company to drill for oil where they live. And it is the stuff of Hollywood, this tale true.
It has all the essentials. The hero ~ heroine in this case ~ is a small, beautiful, passionate international environmental and indigenous peoples activist who reminds me very much of someone very close to me who is no longer here.
The plot is as classic as America itself, for it is as much a struggle for the right of self-determination as the Revolutionary War.
The locale could not be more exotic for how many places are there, truly, with the lushness, ecological variety and sheer beauty of the Amazon?
This story is also journalism at its finest. It takes you right there and weaves the action into a portrait of an unforgettable woman and her people.
Enjoy and experience Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
This means your car could be hijacked by hackers and to me, that is scary. Report Sees Weak Security in Cars’ Wireless Systems
They just might finally have gotten the wrong people really mad at them. It is one thing, I expect, to be threatened by a sword. And another entirely to be promised the blade of the scimitar. Jordanian Interior Minister Says Country Aims To ‘Wipe Out’ ISIS Militants
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
This is certainly not good news. Toronto’s Measles Count Rises To Six With Report Of Infected Adult
These stories are not pretty but it is clearly time they were told. Silent No More – the story of aboriginal women in Canada today
This, to me, is absolutely thrilling. Apple Building Solar Farm to Power California Operations
This is really encouraging. Israelis, Palestinians Join Forces To Explore Local Flowers To Combat Cancer, Diabetes
This, I suspect, does not bode well. Anti-oil sands activists in the U.S. are getting visits from the FBI
Lest America get just a little too self-righteous. History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
In view of recent revelations about how easy it is for a hacker to take control of a motor vehicle, is this really such a good idea? UK Kickstarts Driverless Car Changes
This looks like a fun group. The Invention Mob, Brought to You by Quirky
And this was totally intriguing. More Evidence That Mammals Coexisted With Dinosaurs
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
Brian Williams: Did Digital Kill TV News Star?
What caused esteemed NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams to “conflate” and “misremember” his role in reporting and recounting lead national news stories ranging from the Iraq War to possibly Hurricane Katrina and others?
Perhaps NBC’s current investigation into the controversy will reveal the truth behind Williams’ personal and professional motives, or lack thereof. But regardless of whether Williams lied to millions of viewers inadvertently or intentionally, there’s a bigger issue at stake here than the veracity of one leading TV news star or the decline of broadcast news generally. That is:
The new rules of 21st century journalism are often plagued by unintended and detrimental consequences for reporters and news consumers alike.
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BEST OF THE NET
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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Now that this is common knowledge, we can all sleep a lot better. Weird giant fish reveals secrets
I imagine she got quite a welcome. Sona, The Lucky White-Tailed Eagle, Turns Up Unexpectedly In South West Scotland
We are sure the hunter who did this would undo it if he could but it is still sad news. First wolf spotted in Grand Canyon in 70 years shot by hunter who mistook her for a coyote
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