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July 5, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 41
TWO SUCH DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, now that the pyrotechnics and the other cacophony of national pride have resided for another year, we would like to wish both Canada (July 1) and America (July 4) a happy birthday.
It was quiet in Seattle and I am grateful for that. I am not a fan of noisy holidays. Too many of the home fireworks associated especially with the Fourth of July remind me of stuff I heard, saw and felt in a way.
A string of firecrackers, for instance, can sound like an AK-47 assault rifle. The ubiquitous nature of that single weapon makes its memory the key to a lot of doors best remained closed.
On the other hand, I love watching ~ albeit from a distance ~ the big fireworks displays Seattle and other places put on. There is an incredible artistry to these that is absolutely awesome.
These two holidays are a time of reflection for me on things like how these two countries came into being. One rebelled against the Crown. The other bided its time and essentially evolved into independence, while still retaining strong cultural, economic and military ties to not only Mother England but France, as well.
I marvel at how two nations with such dichotomous national characters can coexist so peacefully when in Europe, they would have invaded each other a half dozen times or so by now.
Part of the answer, I suspect, lies in America’s appreciation of the quiet strength and extreme diplomatic circumspection of a people who are as durable as any God ever created.
A Canadian can call you the offspring of a border collie and make you think you are being complimented on your pedigree. Canadians tend to do things on a smaller scale, with less fanfare and they are great ones for joining other nations in economic ventures often colorful to say the least.
Canadians make good allies but they are the kind of enemy that can slit a throat with a smile, after tea, and be back in bivouac refreshed by the exercise, in time for supper. It is chilling to face an opponent who is not angry but simply there to facilitate your total destruction.
Finally, Canada seldom does anything to get anyone mad at her. She doesn’t try to tell other cultures how to live. She doesn’t impose military tactics on the acquisition of economic markets and she is not out to replace the Union Jack with the Maple Leaf.
This, I think, is why America gets along with Canada as well as it does. It speaks well of both nations, don’t you think?
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 not good news. Ebola back in Liberia with new case
This is, however. US and Cuba ‘to announce embassies’
To know that such a man walked among us and also lived long and prospered should end forever any further debate on the intrinsic value of virtue. Nicholas Winton Is Dead at 106; Saved Children From the Holocaust
Venture Into The Outback Of Australia And Find A Spiritual Oasis In The Country’s Only Monastic Town
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM THE UKRAINE
I would like to share a photo and fantastic emotions after a performance of George Benson, a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American jazzman. Mr. Benson was invited for celebrations of the Ukraine’s Constitution Day. His music is just so gentle and light, so people of Lviv city I’m sure enjoyed and appreciated a lot his coming.
Stay cool, Mishka.
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One of our local newscasters posted this on Facebook and I like it a lot. I am also betting that some of you in other countries may know more about America than many of us who live here. It’s a 21-question test to determine how much you know about American government
I’d love to share scores from places beyond the pale, as it were, so if you do take this, shoot me the results at email@example.com with a first name, a country and your score.
What is also cool about this site is that on it, you can create your own quiz and post it on Facebook. You could make up one for your country; we could all take it and learn that way.
These people sound awesome. Borneo’s tribe of eco-warriors
We totally agree with this. Pets may be a comfort, but that doesn’t mean they’re service animals
With all due respect, welcome back to the Union, folks. After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Southern States Fall in Line
A legacy as shameful as any nation ever born. Wave Of U.S. Church Fires All Too Familiar To South
I guess when you’re as rich as this jackass, it does not matter which end the bray comes from. Panama Also Drops Out Of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Here we go again. Solar plane makes second Pacific bid. And guess who made it? Solar-powered plane crosses the Pacific without a drop of fuel
Here is an interactive from our esteemed colleagues at the BBC. Show us what ‘unbreakable’ means: Submit photos of the people, places and moments that will stand the test of time
And for those of you who have not had your pint of weird this week, try this. According to our esteemed colleagues at the New York Times, In a leap of the imagination, researchers managed to use bacterial spores to tap the power of evaporation. Video: The Spore Machine
HERE ON EARTH
Introducing Summer of Science: Explore mysterious solar snapshots, new findings about left-handedness and other intriguing bits of science.
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
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
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
Okay, but I still think they are creepy looking. The truth about tarantulas
I wonder what else we are going to find if we keep walking around in this particular back yard. Glowing deep-sea corals found
I think the results of this are probably going to change forever how we look at the entire creature kingdom. Anyone want a quid of that action? Decoding the ‘internet of ants’
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