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July 12, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 42
SEATTLE HEAT WAVE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. With Seattle’s not entirely deserved reputation for excessive precipitation (This is the shadow of a northern rain forest and you expect palm trees, perhaps?), it is probably unusual to hear about a heat wave.
But 600,000 of us or so have just come out of one that lasted about two weeks so that’s what I’m going to talk about. Those of you it does not admittedly bore to tears just might learn something, like that there are at least 43 other places in the continental US where it rains more than Seattle.
Normal high for this time of year is around 72F/22C and no rain. It reached 96F/35C. And no rain. Many of us are air-conditioned challenged here because it usually only gets that way for a couple of weeks in August and especially for owners of multiple-residential units, it is often not considered worth the expense. It would be a bit like putting a rain barrel in a Palm Beach back yard.
My household is luckier than most because all of us are either self-employed or on flex time. I work from around 10:30 p.m. until noon and when it warms up, I sleep in a dark shady room with two small fans blowing on the quilted bed. (Sorry but how I sleep in that bed is not fit fare for a G-rated publication.)
We get the outside stuff done early, like watering the 8 million plants in the backyard. One of us is a master gardener with a very expensive but beautiful and health hobby. Walking errands are also done then, along with any cooking.
We use the microwave more and eat sandwiches and salads a lot. One recipe involves two cans of tuna fish and two tablespoons of salad dressing, blended. We have three flavors of tuna sandwiches; French, Ranch and Bleu Cheese. We also reuse a lot of beverage containers and the plastic bottles of Lucerne’s super milk are great for fruit juices as a vitamin boost to straight ice water.
Even though it is hot weather, it is still weather and we have four seasons here, each with its adaptation challenges, tricks, legends and lore. None of those include complaining about it or invoking some scientific or naturalistic chants, demonizing meteorologists or using it as an excuse to do weird things.
And everybody ~ each and every single one of us ~ has one little secret thought that makes all the difference. I’ll share mine with you because you’re like readers and stuff.
I went to American Navy boot camp during San Diego, California’s monsoon season. Our company commander was an Irishman with a long history of railing at the gods and learning the futility of that form of exercise. So as he marched us from place to place over the vastness of the recruit training center, he would ask us if we were wet, and we would reply in unison,
“Yes sir, Company Commander.”
“And are you wishing you were dry?”
“Yes sir, Company Commander.”
“Then wish harder lads. It’s not workin’.”
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ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM THE UKRAINE
First, this week I want to share with you an excellent video produced by our Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. As you know, I read a variety of sources to see how my country is seen by the world. I like this video because it more accurately portrays us, as among other things, the fourth most educated nation in the international community. So, for those interested seeing the Ukraine as Ukrainians themselves see themselves, please go here.
The second video I want to share is a few words from Olya Soloviova, Inside Of Living Project, before the project presentation in Ivano-Frankivsk, a beautiful historic city in West Ukraine. It is aimed as last call to enthusiasts to join them on their way through Carpathians with beautiful Sinevir Lake.
There are only few weeks left until the travelers reach the border and so the finish of their trans-Ukrainian East-West feet walking journey.
When I asked her what is the most remembered site they have seen during the journey Olya mentioned Atlantis cave in Zavalna village (Khmelnitsky region). One of the project participants even left the others to stay with the spelunkers who showed them this incredible place.
I thought it was especially interesting to learn that the cave by itself was discovered by children expedition and later another expedition of young spelunkers discovered the church there. So yes, go here.
Oh and this too. Here’s a video of the Special Olympics flame arriving in downtown Los Angeles. Two girls of Ukrainian origins passed the torch.
That’s it for this week. Stay cool, Mishka.
Thank you, Mr. President. Obama Unveils Stricter Rules Against Segregation in Housing
I personally think this is so cool. Video: Tourists Help Refugees On Greek Island
I think some of us could learn from these big dudes (and dudettes). Whales Never Forget Their Friends
I’ll bet this person is real fun to party with. The Prosecutor Who Says Louisiana Should ‘Kill More People’
Where were this lad’s parents when he was doing all this illegal stuff? Teen Convicted Of Over 50,000 Hacks
This reminds me of a famous Pete Seeger folksong called Waist Deep in the Big Muddy. Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I loved this. I am a humble man and this was a good reminder of why it is good to be that way. Why Humans Are Not That Special
On the other hand, What makes human beings unique?
I was not aware that we were lost so this was really interesting. Finding the Way Back – What happens when we say no to sat nav, Smartphones, and G.P.S. and embrace the old ways of orienting ourselves?
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
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BEST OF THE NET
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This species and I and I have this in common. Dogs avoid unhelpful people
I will never ever make a joke about kilts again. Video Of Scottish Kayaker Saving Dolphin Entangled In Seaweed
Whoever did this needs to eat a dish of crows who gave their lives voluntarily to God, Queen and Crown. This is utterly and absolutely bloody flipping indefensible. Red Kite Deliberately Shot In Northern Ireland
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