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March 15, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 25
UKRAINE TRUCE HOLDS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. First of all, I want to thank all of you who wished me a happy birthday last week. I had not intended to celebrate it but Facebook and Linked In both ratted me out. Best wishes came from all over the planet, it seemed like. Quite a few came from you guys. If a shy man needed humbling, that certainly did it. So again, thank you.
We’re glad to report that the truce in Ukraine seems to be holding. Olya wrote us and her report is carried in her column From the Ukraine, along with another photos. Thanks again to all of you who have expressed concern and said prayers for both her and her country.
We disappointed to again see partisan politics interfering with the appropriate operation of government. Now, it seems, Congress and the Executive branch cannot even come together to wage war on terrorism.
I keep wondering what it is going to take before responsibility for such measure of international diplomacy once again returns to those trained to make it. As much as I abhor war, it is not a game for amateurs and I do not hear the Joint Chiefs’ voices in any of this.
Must we lose a president, a chief justice or a member of Congress to ISIS or Al Qaeda before Capitol Hill comes out of that rosy fog it has been living it and gets down to the business of making our nation and other nations of the world safe from those totally mind-blown morons with their scimitars, their spears, their plastique and their AK-47s?
Who has to die next before President Obama and the Congress do the job they were elected to do and for which they are paid rather well by any standard of living on the planet?
On that rather grim but determined note, have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
When I read something like this, I have to wonder what kind of parenting these young savages are getting. 14 Students Are Accused in Los Angeles Sex Assaults
If this is not a call to action, we need a new bugler. Children’s Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says
Because I do this, I think this is great news. Daydreaming Can Actually Help You Get Stuff Done, Study Finds
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
I loved this. Crushing it! Toronto Fire’s coolest job
We’re lighting a candle for those impacted by this one. Huge fire in Calgary’s southeast
This, we suspect, is unfortunately necessary. Ottawa to give juries bigger role in determining life without parole
FROM THE UKRAINE
Spring is coming. And its feeling is in the air…have never waited for spring so eagerly before. Jesus loves us as it was one of the mildest winters.
Sending you a few shots from Kyiv. Came across some charity marathon on Khreshatyk (on the photo). It was really nice to see at last smiles on people’s faces. Street musicians also cheer mood with popular songs.
In the beginning of March we had a day off dedicated to the Women’s Day. Not sure if many countries celebrate it but we call it International Women’s Day Smiling.
I met a few soldiers coming home for holidays. One was looking forward to a bowl of borscht (traditional Ukrainian beetroot soup) made by his mother.
Another raised his glass for soldiers returning home and beloved waiting for them.
People are people everywhere.
Hoping truce with the noble art of diplomacy to be hold. Friends of mine are going to cross Ukraine by feet from one border to another to show its beauty and uniqueness so fingers cross for them to be safe.
Warm regards from Ukraine, a beautiful land of wheat fields and bright blue skies
Go for it, Mr. President. Obama Kicks Off U.S. Effort to Fill High-Paying Tech Jobs
And how do we spell “courage,” Canadian style? Driver Saved Other Canadian Soldiers, Kurd Commander Says
All of us, regardless of gender, need to read this one. 5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men
This is a national disgrace. US Racist Student Chant Investigated
Can there be victims more innocent than these? 14 Million Children Suffering As Result Of War In Syria And Iraq, UNICEF Says
This makes me feel real good about who is manning their wall. C.I.A. Cash Ends Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda
By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
“RESULTS-ONLY” IS BEST MILLENNIAL MANAGEMENT MODEL
It’s no secret that today’s leading employers are increasingly targeting the millennial generation for professional jobs. However, there’s been much debate about how companies should appeal to this sought-after demographic who will soon comprise the majority of the global workforce.
Old-school methods of recruitment and retention may prove stale to a new generation of young professionals.
Studies and anecdotal evidence show that many millennials want more autonomy in the workplace. This is important to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance, which often eludes Generation X and Baby Boomers in today’s hyper-paced Information Age.
To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it, please go here.
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This has been a long time coming and I’m personally thrilled. Solar Airplane Sets New Record
How cool is this? How The U.S. Embassy Used Twitter To Clear China’s Air
This is really interesting. And interactive. Which tiny house personality are YOU?! (I am apparently “small house curious,” not that I have any clue as to what that really means.)
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.
Business Correspondence, Communications Consulting, Classified And Other Advertising Copy Writing, Editing, Ghost Writing, Humor Jokes & Monologues, Online Research, Online Writing Tutoring, Proofreading, Song Lyrics, Speeches, Special Projects
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We are so sorry this happened but sometimes, it really pays not to get too close. Jennifer Karren Identified As Calgary Woman Killed After Whale Crashed Into Tourist Boat Off Mexican Coast
This is certainly another reason for preserving this place, is it not, gang? New Monkey Species Discovered In The Amazon Rainforest »
These creatures are more fascinating than any toy manufacturer could make them. The Truth About Giant Pandas
The Cornel University Lab of Ornithology March Newsletter is now available. Features include: The Mystery of Male Birds Explained, What’s Really Going On At Your Bird Feeder and this month’s Name That Species.
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