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May 3, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 32
WHILE THE UNIVERSE DECIDES WHAT TO DO WITH US
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Once in awhile, someone asks me how I deal with the stresses that go with my particular job here at Northstar and I’m real honest with them. I take time out to reflect profoundly on aspects of human existence seldom explored by even the brilliant.
I wonder, for instance, during the era of black and white movies, did stuff have to match? Were redcoats really red? What about socks and accessories for women? Could they tell what it was going to look like in black and white before or as they filmed?
I lived and worked on the periphery of Hollywood for awhile and two of the angels watching over me were character actor and screenwriter True Boardman, Jr. and his wife, the silent screen actress Thelma Hubbard. I learned a lot from these kind and gentle people but never once did the subject upon which I now reflect so profoundly ever come up.
How come they call something really dumb by a name that sounds scholarly? Like oxymoron, which is basically just stupid, squared.
Why is it that the people we agree with are among the best of the species and those with whom we do not, the most ungodly?
Personally, I think these are issues which could well determine the evolution of society as we know it. But priorities being what they seem to be, it is back to bringing you war, rebellion, megalomania, mayhem and all the other relatively pedestrian things we do to occupy our time while the universe itself decides what to do with us. Since I was asked and stuff.
Thanks for the ear, then, gang. Have a good week. And remember this magazine is ~ in large part ~ supported by small contributions from folks like you. To drop a dollar in the sugar can, please go here
What were the ten most popular languages in the world 2014? The answer just might surprise you.
Which American cities are the most polluted and the least? This will not come as good news to Californians. The answer just might surprise you.
We have not mentioned Baltimore Riots very much in this magazine for two reasons. We do not want to encourage those who behave like this in the hopes of getting on television. Second, we were waiting for someone who could discuss Baltimore a lot better than we could and our patience has been rewarded. Our thanks once again to our across the Salish Sea bigger cousin, Yes magazine.
Why the Crisis in Yemen Could Tilt Middle East Power From Saudi Arabia Toward Iran, Turkey and Pakistan
Union Condemns Federal Agency For Lending Volkswagen $526 Million To Expand Operations In U.S. And Mexico
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
Canadian Veteran Blogs As He Battles ISIL On The Front Lines: ‘Coalition Gunships Putting On A Fine Show’
FROM THE UKRAINE
This will definitely make a difference. Meet The Ghana Man Making Bikes Out Of Bamboo
We do not, of course, recommend doing this at home alone. Man Punches Bear in the Face to Protect His Chihuahua
This has bloody well got to stop. Another white-tailed eagle poisoned in Ireland »
This needs to change. Maimed Defending Afghanistan, Then Neglected
This is getting old. South Korean N.Y.U. Student Is Reported Arrested in North Korea
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Soon, the things that we depend on are going to be smarter than we are. I wonder who is going to be walking the dog when that happens. The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future
Do not eat a pizza too close to bed time and read this. The Photographer Who Captures The Horrors Of The Sea
This is reassuring. The Universe May Be A Giant Hologram…
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
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
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
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
One of the greatest friends of this planet is also one of its smaller creatures. Over the last two decades, they died in such numbers that extinction loomed as a possibility. They are the barometer species of the planet and if we ever lose them, there will be no one around to ask where all the flowers have gone. I totally enjoyed this article. When I eat honey, do I hurt bees? A Grist Daily reader wonders if she should avoid using beeswax, royal jelly, and honey. Umbra’s answer is sweet. Ask Umbra®
I am very glad I did not share the planet with this dude. Mystery of the giant terror shrew. A large, flesh-eating shrew dominated Europe, then inexplicably vanished
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