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March 29, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 27
THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON HAVE SPOKEN. MAY GOD GRANT THEY SPEAK FOR ALL.
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea I was very proud to read this last Tuesday morning. Most Boston Residents Prefer Life Term Over Death Penalty in Marathon Case, Poll Shows
I think this makes a very important statement about the appropriate reaction to acts of terror, domestic or foreign. It speaks to a contemporary code of conduct, rather than to an honorable but ancient one.
It will cost much more to keep these people incarcerated than it would to execute them. Bostonians are not historically noted for embracing new taxes but this is one they have apparently agreed to pay.
Most importantly ~ and here’s the lesson for all of us in this, I think ~ it clearly demarks the line between revenge and justice and war and peace.
On the battlefield, the object is to kill more of them than they kill of you and do it more quickly. In a global community, there are no civilians, no innocents, no immunity to the subhuman savagery which is war when it is waged as ISIS, et al are waging it now. We may end up having to kill almost every one of these misguided fools before they yell “uncle,” and we need to be prepared to do exactly that.
Bostonians are reminding us that when it is over, it will become just as important to wage an effective peace. In a global community, we need to understand the conditions which allow outfits and ideologies like ISIS to root and flourish in the first place. We need to better understand the needs they fill and come up with much better solutions.
We are many families living in a very very large house. If ever there was a nation born to carry the ball on this one, it is America, a land which would not be here without the teeming refuse of other shores and which almost destroyed itself learning that to deny freedom to any is to deny it to all.
The people of Boston have spoken. May God grant they speak for all.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
Sometimes even the sincerest of us use the word “sacrifice” a little too often and a lot too glibly. This, however, is not one of those times. Our thanks to CBS This Morning. Altruistic Donor And The Transplant Chain She Inspired
This is starting to take familiar shape and form in terms of an anti-tech backlash. Two top US officials claim they do not have email. Others say that they are abandoning it. To me that’s a backward step of about 25 years. Rather than scrap the technology, which not try upgrading user protocols? I hate to break it to John McCain, et al but the earth’s not flat and the Internet is here to stay. The Companies That Banned Email
Our hearts certainly go out to all those impacted by the German airliner tragedy. As horrific as this is ~ and I live in an aircraft industry town ~ we need to rein in our emotions and focus on what we can do to minimize the risk of a subsequent occurrence. A famous American president contended that problems caused by humans can be solved by them. Pray it never happens again but please do not hate the very troubled man whose irrationality overruled his compassion. He is a product of the world we have created and we need to take a look at this, as well.
The Beast Of The Danube ~ The Fish That Can Grow As Big As A Man
Officials’ Involvement In A Bombing Buenos Aires In 1994.
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
With all due respect to Canada.com, this headline sounds like the title of a Grade Zed “The Monster Moose That Ate Montreal” movie. The Pest Causing Havoc In Vancouver
This is not good news. Canada’s Anemic Job Growth Earns A Place In The Record Book
The results of this should prove very interesting. Northwest Territories Hands Out MiPads To New Parents As Part Of Experiment To Boost Childhood Development
To me, this is how it should be done. The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison
Were that this nation was as strong as this tree. Video: The Journey of a 9/11 Tree
She is possibly the nicest person in the American entertainment industry so this does not surprise us. Dolly Parton Duets With Superfan Who Has Down Syndrome, Dazzles Him With Her Kindness
This cannot possibly bode well. Oklahoma Inquiry Traces Racist Song to National Gathering of Fraternity
I found this very useful. How To Catch A Liar
Even though I have never been there, I have a great deal of respect for America’s “City of Brotherly Love.” I’ve often wondered why it has taken them so long to fix the crack in that big bell of theirs and when I can sneak one past the Nutrition Nazi in my family, I love their cheese steaks. Therefore I am no more pleased to read about this than I was when it happened in New Orleans, Los Angeles and the city where I live, Seattle. Justice Dept., Criticizing Philadelphia Police, Finds Shootings by Officers Are Common
By David B. Grinberg – Strategic Communications Advisor, Writer/Blogger/Editor, Former Journalist
Memo to CEOs: Fire Monster Managers!
Attention CEOs in corporate America and around the world: whether you know it or not, there are “monster managers” lurking within the confines of your company. These mid-level managers and front-line supervisors can turn a productive workplace into a cesspool. However, you might not know it because monster managers aren’t always easy to spot from the C-Suite.
There are three important reasons why executive leadership and management should fire monster managers (as I call them):
To read the entire blog ~and we highly recommend it ~ please go here.
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This was interesting, if not just a little grim for an optimist. How long will life on Earth last?
This reminds me of the farmer who sold his neighbor a mule that kept bumping into stuff. It turns out the animal was not blind. It just had a real bad attitude. Car slows when it sees speed signs
This makes a lot more sense. And I want one. If they come with ski attachments, I’ll take a pair. The kick scooter for grownups
HERE ON EARTH
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THE GREEN AGENDA
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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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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Has anyone asked any of the little honey-makers if they want one of these? Probably not, huh? Sigh. Bees get wearable tech trackers
I know a couple of people who were probably products of this kind of upbringing. Wolves make great foster parents
This was a little weird but I totally loved it. These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Have The Best Roles Ever
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