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June 28, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 40
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. There is an old saying with which I would like to take some issue. Contrary to this rusty saw, I believe there is so such a thing as a stupid question.
Someone asked me last night why it was I was celebrating the US Supreme Court’s decision regarding same sex marriage when I am not a member of any of the categories involved.
Oh, I don’t know. Why have I been pushing women’s rights ever since I took a punch intended for a female relative? Why did I start getting a lot more interested in black culture after being told I could not have any playmates of that color? Why did I become such an advocate for Reasonable Green after seeing much of the state in which I was raised ruined by agribusiness? Et cetera.
English cleric, poet and essayist John Donne knew why. He recognized that we are all connected, or as he put it, “part of the Main,” and that what affects a single individual impacts all of society.
American president Harry Truman addressed civil rights from a practical standpoint when he wrote that ~ and I paraphrase here ~ it was not how many people it took to put a black man in the gutter but rather how many it took to keep him there.
As contentious as this species of ours has proven to be since it acquired legs and walked out of the ocean; and as lopsided as its evolution has been, it has nonetheless become one global family. Maybe it is just me, but I figure that the happier that family is, the better my own day is going to be.
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
This is reassuring. World ‘Largely Favors’ US And Obama
We were very sorry to hear this. Leading Conservationist Dr Mar Cano Has Died
This is certainly good for the rainbow. Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM THE UKRAINE
Catching up with the Inside of Living project.
The travelers have already walked two thirds of the way to the West Ukraine. So beautiful are the Carpathian Mountains where they are now and more adventures and another inspiring month lie ahead before they come to the border point with Slovakia.
The girl initiators of the project are being joined on the way by the people also interested in seeing the country that way and not from the window of a car or train. Some of them join for months, others for a few days, making an adventure even more unique. I’m sending the photo of stars made by one of the project participants Yaha from Kharkov.
Following his blog posts of their adventures, there were not only cheerful sites along the way but one very haunted one, as well. Where the map showed a village, there were only a few fields and an isolated area of asphalt roads.
On the page of Wikipedia about this place village there is only one line. “Village extinct since 2010.” This small down was the victim of an economic depression but was still as dead as though it had been bombed out of existence.
Sad too, another traveler blogger, Nastya, mentioned in her blog that when they visited Korotych village, “we found out that half of village men received notices to join army. We were sitting on a grass near school, tears in our eyes, and as thought our hearts had stopped. And all we could think to say was, ‘Why this war? Stop!”
Stay cool, Mishka.
Let us hope Ottawa and the provinces respond. Cancer society makes first ever public pitch to federal parties
Nice going guys (and guy-ettes). ‘Elaho Giant’ — 1,000-year-old Douglas fir — saved by quick action of B.C. fire crews
Shame on you guys! Jewelry Company Caught Selling Tiger Claw Pendants
This we have suspected for over a decade. Like American cartoonist Walt Kelly said through his character Pogo, “We have met the enemy. And he is us.” Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11
This is just a little disgusting. In China, Stomachs Turn at News of 40-Year-Old Meat Peddled by Traders
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I do this too, with things like my keys, cell or the book I am reading at the time. So far, I have never overlooked anything as big as a monster truck. Dino Species Found Hiding In Plain Sight
This is too weird for a lot of words. WATCH: Freaky Vortex Opens Up In Flooded Lake
HERE ON EARTH
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THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
The Mystery Of The Female Orgasm: Have Scientists Found The Fabled G-Spot?
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Most kids, including me and those in my life, would absolutely love to be doing what these are. More Than 7 Million School Children Asked To Count Insects
This lived up to its promise. This Video Of A Cuttlefish Changing Color Will Blow Your Mind
Ummm, okay. But it also sounds like a prescription for a complicated puberty. Wild Goat Chills With Kangaroos, Thinks He’s Part Of The Family
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