Sunday, February 22, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 22
IN THIS WEATHER, HALF THE BRONX IS SELLING SNOWCONES
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It has certainly been an interesting week, has it not? The reason that I suspect this is that there are several online chatrooms we visit as virtual coffee houses to experience what people beyond the shores of the Salish Sea are going through.
After reading this headline, Record-breaking cold in US East we visited a chatroom heavily populated by those in the affected area. When I commented on this Siberian weather, a New Yorker wrote:
“If it lasts much longer, one half of the Bronx will be selling snowcones to stranded tourists and the other half will be renting them dogsleds and German Shepherds.”
Our hearts go out to you folks east of the Mississippi and beyond. Sometimes tough isn’t always about going to war and being brave. Sometimes and mostly, it’s about taking the hits and carrying on.
We are sorry to hear about what you are going through. But we are very proud of the way you are handling it. Take care now. You folks are very special and we can’t afford to lose any of you doing something dumb.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
This is good news but I thought ~ according to the Hippocratic Oath ~ that they were supposed to be doing this anyway. Doctors Strive to Do Less Harm by Inattentive Care
This is not particularly cheerful but it is informative. 12 Ways You And Everyone You Know Could Die
I happen to agree with this. ISIS is no more representative of all Muslims than the Irish Republican Army is of all Catholics or the Ku Klux Klan, all Protestants. Faulted for Avoiding ‘Islamic’ Labels to Describe Terrorism, White House Cites a Strategic Logic
Hong Kong Protests: In-Depth Features And Background On Hong Kong‘s Pro-Democracy Protests
Islamic State Crisis: Background, Features And Analysis On Turmoil Over Extremist Group In Syria And Iraq
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
Sooner or later, this was bound to happen. But it’s still disgusting and we need to make it stop. Ocean Waste Hits Home: Plastic-Filled Fish Guts Ruins Chilliwack Man’s Catch
Our hearts to go out to all those impacted by this. Target To Close All 133 Canada Stores
When two nations who have cooperated as well as these in war and peace, take up the sword together, we can only pity the enemy involved. Obama Makes Appeal To Muslims, As Ottawa Calls Out Radical Islam
We consider this a very good thing. The Pacific Northwest has had excellent luck with female governors. Kate Brown Sworn In as Oregon Governor, Replacing John Kitzhaber
This is a raise to ten dollars an hour at a time when the minimum wage is increasing to fifteen dollars an hour. But ~ proverbially ~ I suppose a half a loaf is better than no bread at all. Walmart To Raise Wages For Workers
For our American readers, do you live in the happiest or saddest state? Note: This is a list of the worst places and it is in reverse order. In other words, the lower your state is on the list, the healthier it is. (I agree. This is a dumb way to rank stuff)
This is NOT a good idea, guys. TransCanada To Seek U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline
This just keeps getting better and better. When Americans Lynched Mexicans
And these same people reclaimed much of their land from the Atlantic Ocean? Earthquake Dangers in Dutch Gas Field Were Ignored for Years, Safety Board Says
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This should prove interesting. Hotel With Robot Staff Set To Open In Japan
This is incredible. The 14 Most Amazing Water Bodies
Just in case you did not already know this from personal experience. This Cold Weather Pretty Much Freezes Everything
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
We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net. They include: Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts. Either click the banner or this link.
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
THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and/or professional.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We’ve suspected this for a long time. Dogs Know If You’re Untrustworthy
If this doesn’t include horses and the month of May, I am going to be just a tad disappointed. Animals You Never Knew Could Fly
The World Wildlife Foundation’s latest newsletter is here and it is packed with stuff that will amuse, educate and ~ in some cases ~ strum the heartstrings of animal lovers from the amoeba to the zebra. One of my favorite features is the contest for best caption of a cute or weird life form. Yes, this is a Northstar Five Star Read.
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