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April 26 2015 Vol. 8 No. 31
If We Are Not Very Careful, Armageddon Might Be Uncomfortably Closer Than We Think
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Looks like there’s some controversy about the way America is waging war on terrorism, specifically the drone issue. Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die Drone Strikes On Al Qaeda Are Said To Take Toll On Leadership
Two hostages were killed in a recent strike and I am as sorry as anyone else to hear about that. But I’ve been on the sending end of short rounds, etc. Whether it is an entire village massacred out of sheer rage or the parents of a daughter or son killed in battle, there are no civilians. Only shifting and fluid battlefields.
This is the way of war and all the parades and patriotic songs in the world will not change the nature of it. Technology has not altered it since our species first raised its fists in anger.
Victory is not the answer and we will not achieve it. But neither will terrorists. It will stop when it is no longer profitable, when it no longer serves the purpose(s) for which it was intended.
To that extent, it is also an economic war and America is no more alone in that than she is in the military aspect. Perhaps most importantly, it really is about the hearts and minds of the people. When Arab nations join in the fight against such groups as Al Qaeda, that seems to me a pretty clear signal that the people themselves are rejecting this alternative.
I hope we do it right this time because if we do not, peace will not last and Armageddon might be uncomfortably closer than we think.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
A US federal judge recently ruled that the Navy’s sonar testing plan will injure or kill thousands of ocean creatures and that it must stop because there is a better way. Nice going, folks. For more information, please go here.
I’m glad this happened. I just wonder why it took so long. Senate Unanimously Passes Human Trafficking Bill After Long Delay
I am not sure that this sort of rhetoric works well in situations like these. I have learned that the enemy to be feared most is the quiet one. ‘Smash’ the Libyan gangs sending migrants to their death: UK prime minister urges Europe
In Defense Of Beavers: Why Naturalist Wants Canadians To Respect One Of The ‘Most Important Animals On The Planet’
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
FROM THE UKRAINE
Hello, Mishka, from Ukraine:
Here are the top headlines from Ukraine:
And to keep a track of the Inside-of-Living project. they have already started from the border crossing in the village Strilche. What they are finding is the progress, in measured steps, is spreading from the big cities to the countryside.
Thus, in the village of Zhovtneve, for example, most of the people know what selfies and You Tube are and enjoyed leaving their comments on camera.
Before they took to the trail again, I interviewed Olya Soloviova and Anastacia Evsiukova.
Q: How did the idea of the project came?
A: Olya Soloviova (professional tourist) already wanted to walk through the whole Ukraine, once we walked together and found that both like to walk and both love our country, since that we have a common dream: to explore Ukraine, to walk it from border to border.
Q: Do not you think that it could be dangerous?
A: First of all we think about safety, of course. To do this, we give publicity to our project and invite people to join us for whole or part of the way. We do not disclose the exact trail and dates except to those who are close to the project or participants. We also carefully select a safe place to sleep.
Q: What is your route?
A: Our route is from the Russian border to Slovakia: Kharkov- Poltava- Kiev-Vinnitsa-Belaya Tserkov- Kamenetz-Podolskiy- Ivano-Frankovsk- Mukachevo- Uzhgorod. Approximate distance – 1800 km/1080 miles, according to our calculations. With rest days it would take about three months.
Q: What things you take with yourself?
A: We take the most necessary things: tent, sleeping bag, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, tableware, sportswear, cameras, notebook for records, etc.
Q: How will you cover your campaign (blog, social network)?
A: We will have a channel on Youtube, which will contain all the video associated with the project and video blogs, as for social networks there is already the group http://www.facebook.com/groups/insideofliving/
Stay warm, Mishka.
Go, Billy Joe. Pop star and pianist Billy Joel sings out for elephants
And this week’s Humanitarian Award goes to… VIDEO: Greek residents aid migrant rescue
Way to go guys. Alberta company not counting the cost to protect Canada goose pair nesting on construction site
I strongly suspect we are not going to like the outcome of this. Civil Rights Groups in South Carolina Ask U.S. to Investigate Killings by Police
We know someone who does this and we have already bought a sympathy card for their survivors. Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
It seems to me this song has been played before. Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers
This actually happens a lot more than we think. It is just that people in this place are modest and the creatures involved are not about to ruin a good thing. Montana Residents Help Guide Geese Out Of Downtown Missoula
Way to go, folks. New LED Lights Could Play Huge Role In Ending Malaria
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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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Frankly, I think this is poetic justice. Professional Trophy Hunter Trampled To Death By Elephant
This was very informative, if not a little weird. Video: How The Octopus Moves
This will give you real good dreams. The Giant Plants That Eat Meat
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