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April 5, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 28
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea Well, I’d like to wish all of you the best of the spring holidays. With a readership as theologically diverse as this one and with tensions being what they are now, I would prefer not to focus on a single one of them. I am a passionate believer in what Kahlil Girbran contended, that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand.
I think, in that regard, that our species has been blessed, literally and figuratively. We were given the gift of transcendence, of being made aware that we are part of something much greater than the world of our senses. We were given instructions on how to conduct ourselves in this life and a good look at the Afterlife options. We were, in my opinion, provided an outstanding set of tools.
What disappoints me is how those tools have been so often down through history, abused. Instead of unifying us as a species, too often, they have divided us. Instead of exalting human existence, too often they have made of it a profound mockery.
Entirely too often, instead of freeing us to explore the stars, too many of the users of these divine tools have chosen to keep the rest of us somewhere between Diogenes and Dante.
Perhaps saddest of all, is that in so doing, the users of these incredible tools, victimized the most vulnerable among us and with the ruthlessness of a holocaust.
I would hope, then, that these and all of the religious holidays we celebrate are also a process of unification, of realizing that the Divine might just possibly come to each of us as that deity knows we can best experience them.
I hope we are also increasingly more proactive in placing behavior above doctrine. A corrupt cleric does not invalidate the doctrine or the other tool users. Sometimes there are things even the Divine cannot fix.
We might just need to become a little more reliant on ourselves and a little less dependent on religion for the wisdom to conduct ourselves honorably and with compassion in the 21st Century.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
Our heart goes out to those impacted by this tragedy. Russian Trawler Sinks With 54 Dead
I wish individuals of this integrity lived forever. Retired Japanese Fighter Pilot Sees an Old Danger on the Horizon
To those who contend that what happens to others several thousand miles away has no direct bearing on one’s own life do not have friends who live in some of those countries. Francis, we are so sorry that the Somalis chose Easter to remind us all of this. Shabab Attack on a Kenya University Kills 148, Officials Say
GARISSA UNIVERSITY MASSACRE
TERRORISM & ESPIONAGE
But we’ll always have Robson Street, dah-link. Vancouver has the worst traffic in Canada, new congestion study claims
You know I had to find this interesting. Thanks once again, Canada.com 10 fresh ways to use maple syrup (that don’t involve pancakes and waffles)
This is sooo typically Canadian. Passengers from crashed flight in Halifax getting financial help from airline
Good for you guys! (finally) Japan’s whaling fleet abides by UN ruling and catches no whales
We love it when an elected official displays this much integrity. Arkansas Moves to Revise Legislation as Concerns of Religion and Gay Rights Intensify
This makes us look real good in the eyes of the rest of the world, doesn’t it? US Teachers Convicted Over Cheating
Issues like this need to be given much higher priority. Report Details Flawed Law Enforcement Response to Marathon Bombings
This attitude needs to change. A Struggle to Save the Scaly Pangolin
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Go Solar Impulse! Solar Aeroplane Heads For China
This is pretty cool. Android Apps To Run On Windows, Macs
This is extremely interesting. Modern Explorers Seek A Place In A GPS World
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 free monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike.
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
Here’s an interesting test of how much we know about these two. Reindeer vs elk Do you know which of these deer has the largest antlers and which survives in the coldest regions?
The SeaDoc Society’s April newsletter is now available. Features include: Can diseases really impede Salish Sea recovery?; Multiple impacts of energy transportation projects; SeaDoc recognized in new children’s book on ocean health; UC Davis Vet School is #1; Novel program to remove derelict crab pots featured in film; SeaDoc in the news; Upcoming Events
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