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June 21, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 39
TOO MANY OF US WITH WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It has been an unusually interesting week, has it not? A Spokane, Washington woman with a strong sense of humanity and emotional and cultural identification with Afro-Americans has been passing herself off for years as black. According to her white parents, she is not.
Several of you have asked my opinion about this ~ including readers under my own roof ~ so I will be very candid with you. I think this is the dumbest controversy to hit the media in a long time. It is grist for the self-righteous, an embarrassment to the NAACP and it does not make Seattle’s sister city east of the (Cascade) mountains look like the most enlightened place on the planet.
I think this whole idea of racial profiling is silly. I am of the “you are what you eat” persuasion. I figure that if you would like to be something you are not, study up on the food the group you want to belong to consumes. And then, yep, pig out on it. Just make sure you do not eat it too close to bed time because you can have some very strange dreams as a result.
Imagine, for instance, being a Christian but having lots of Muslim food an hour before retiring. It’s like you’d be back in the Crusades and not know which side to send where as a blessed infidel. We will not even go into being German and having matzo ball soup. Or being from Leeds and having kidney pie and a pint of Guinness. Or in the States, a Big Mac and the wings off a buffalo.
We need to do more studying on this. I have, for instance, being a flaming flipping liberal, wondered what conservatives eat when they have to pay for it? What does a Republican sit down to for breakfast? How about United States Marines? Do they really have baby sailors for lunch?
At a point in our history when we should be pulling together as a species and celebrating those differences which enable survival for us all, castigating and censuring a human being of pale persuasion for feeling obsidian is an extremely strong indication that way too many of us have entirely too much time on our hands.
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
We join the members of the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and all the others impacted. Last Wednesday, a lone gunman entered this venerable Charleston, South Carolina house of worship and slaughtered nine people, seven of who died at the scene. John Donne’s Meditations XVII doth here apply. We all lost a good minister but God gained another angel. I will pray for swift justice in these regards and will restrain myself from the extremes of passion which might motivate me to advocate sterner measures and less regard for the rights of the accused.
We want to wish the Magna Carta a late 800th birthday. British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at “a ceremony attended by the Queen and other English royalty. It was held at the site where King John, whose abuses this monumental document was aimed at stopping, signed and sealed it in 1215.” For more: The BBC reports.
I tend toward the minimalist side when it comes to personal possessions so this did not guilt-trip me. And it is a very fair and relevant question to ask. How many Earths do we need? – Is it true we’d need four Earths if everyone lived like Americans?
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING
FROM THE UKRAINE
Two Frostig student-athletes will soon be famous! The girls are featured on Bank of America‘s campaign to promote the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.#passtheflame This image below will be shown at B of A ATMs.
I would like to share how proud I am of two girls originally from Ukraine adopted by the American family. I met them a few years ago when they visited the country and now was delighted and happy for them to hear they actively participate in Special Olympics. Their mother Rita shared her attitude towards upcoming event
“Special Olympics has done so much for so many families including our own. Because of Special Olympics, the girls are building lifetime friendships, sportsmanship and the feeling of acceptance and inclusion. The yes, can attitude!
“Special Olympics allows athletes like Alina and Lilia to participate in sports and feel successful no matter how great or little that success is. We thank you for your prayers and support.
“That being said, the girls and I, are registering a TEAM for the Bank of America Unified Relay across America to support athletes like Alina and Lilia. We would like to invite others in this lifetime event, by showing our support for inclusion, respect and dignity to athletes with intellectual disabilities.
“We plan to carry the flame of hope on Friday, July 10th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm from North Hollywood to Hollywood. Will you join us? Together we can move mountains!
“Thank you for being part of our journey. If you are unable to do the walk with us, you will also, be able to donate to the cause. Details for donations will follow.
“We thank you!!!”
Stay cool, Mishka:
This is good to see. University of Washington and Chinese University Unite to Form Technology Institute
And here I thought being a green newspaper editor in a timber town was a dicey job. Death defying day jobs
This is apparently hurting profits. No Time to Be Nice at Work
Here’s an interesting look at someone who probably never should have been born. Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Now that summer is here, many of us will be hitting the highways and byways of our respective countries on bicycles. A firm in Denmark is now marketing a camper trailer that a bike can tow. I am saving up for one of these, they are that cool. Check them out here. A caravan for the cycling set
This kind of reminded me of the American silent film Modern Times. The largest shipyard in the world
I have actually long suspected this. New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American
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
The call no one wants to get — When an older family member suddenly falls ill, you drop everything. Here’s how to cope when a crisis hits.
Can hallucinogens cut smoking? A surprising use for psychedelic drugs
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
A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future
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.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I love goats, especially the small mountain variety, so of course I tripped on this. Daredevil goats defy gravity
If we had a “Must Read” list, this would be on it. The truth about bees
This is certainly good news. Record number of humpbacks spotted around UK
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