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June 7, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 37
SAVING THE PLANET IS NOT “US AGAINST THEM”
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I am very glad to hear this about where I live. In The Battle Against Climate Change, Seattle Is On The Front Lines
The rhetoric of the headline does not do a lot for me, nor does radical environmentalism, in general. I’ve been to war. Environmentalism is not an “us against them” scenario.
It is about all of us trying to figure out the best way to keep ourselves alive, now that we have rather belatedly realized we cannot do that and continue to poison the source of our very survival.
But now that this is the operational reality, it is just a matter of working on the multiplicity of ways this can be done. That has, in fact, been happening for the last three decades or so in the Pacific Northwest, which I define as Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach did; Northern California (San Francisco north), Oregon and Washington.
Historically, it has been a give and take process. Sometimes it has been a violent one, like when the Greens started spiking trees and loggers got injured when their saws hit big steel nails. It hurt in some other ways, too.
When old growth forest was closed to protect a bird practically no one ever saw, entire communities lost their livelihood. Oregon plunged to the bottom of the American national employment rate, with Washington State not far behind.
The irony is that the timber community was not opposed to the Green agenda. They just needed the time to look at other options and some help from the government to retool their local industry.
Everyone has pretty much learned to work together and to cooperate, rather than compete. So as a result, certainly, we have some of the bluest skies, cleanest air and sweetest water in the world.
But it did not happen by wishing for it or ~ with all due respect to the Deity ~ praying for it. It did not take raising armies or storming Bastilles, getting cut to ribbons on some faraway exotic battlefield, sinking the Bismarck or getting half your parts blown off by rocket propelled grenade flying a chopper over Mogadishu.
We just more or less made up our mind that we wanted to live long AND prosper. Then people just started turning off lights in rooms they weren’t using, started walking a little more and driving a little less. It became fashionable to be green. Behind that mandate, legislation was enacted to institutionalize healthy living. And viola! More or less.
That’s pretty much how it is done all over the world, from what I understand. No marching bands. No bugles. No Thin Red Line. Just folks like you and me and us and ours, wanting nice place to live.
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
I am very glad to hear this. Report Calls For Concrete Steps To Improve Lives Of First Nations
This was kind of spooky to me. Video: Is This The Tree Where Ebola Started?
I believe that true leaders are gifts from a loving god. Not just Quebec or even all of Canada but the world itself will be mourning the loss of this one. Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau Dead At 84
CHINESE CRUISE SHIP SINKING
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
When they are not pillaging and burning and committing acts too despicable for a g-rated readership, Vikings rock. Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change
Slowly but surely, they are adapting. Californians Are Encouraged by Sharp Drop in Water Use
Here is another step in the right direction. E.P.A. to Set New Limits on Airplane Emissions
There can be no more heinous a crime than killing children. For decades, residential schools for First Nation (native Canadian) kids did exactly that. The media has termed it “cultural genocide”. The nation’s reconciliation commissioner this week in Ottawa revealed it was far more than that. Our thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for this. A New Chapter Is Written In History Of Residential Schools
Thank God they still face a Higher Court. Malala Suspects ‘Secretly Acquitted’
This needs to change. And not just here. Profits of Drug Trade Drive Economic Boom in Myanmar
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
From the beginning The land that gave us dinosaurs…
To the conclusion How will the universe end?
This too is incredible. Change how you view the 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
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 its 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
This is fascinating. The Truth About Elephants
Now here’s a question to rock the ages. Video: Could Chimps Cook?
This was a good reminder that evolution has not stopped. Monkey Invents Odd Tool
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