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July 19, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 43
LET THE TEARS I SHED FOR ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL BE HAPPY ONES FOR A CHANGE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Okay, here’s a question for you. Is it worth saving species? It will cost billions of dollars to save all the world’s threatened species. What’s in it for us?
I’m not the author of that, by the way. And I find it a little insulting considering I’m one of those species. I also object to its panoramic philosophical approach and its apocalyptic economics.
There might ultimately be global oversight but right now, saving other species is part of a general cleaning up of the mess our species has made. It’s being done in some cases neighborhood by neighborhood and in others across tracts of nations, regions and continents. It is being funded by a variety of sources and no single individual, class or entity ~ government or private ~ is bearing either the brunt or the glory.
Maybe it is just me but this reminds me of a certain humane society television commercial with one of my favourite singers showing several minutes of abused animals in cages. I object to it because it seems to assume either that I do not know this goes on or that I do not care enough to contribute more.
I suggest a more positive approach and that would be like success stories. And no before and after shots. I want to see something like a nice lady sitting in a chair with a little dog in her lap, with cool music real soft in the background.
And as she’s stroking the dog’s hair, she’s looking at us and saying, “When we first got little Poncho here, his chances of making it were very slim. But thanks to contributions from caring individuals like you, our little Mexican hairless is very much alive. “ Roll footage of Poncho playing with his new family and tag out with, “If you would like to make another success story like this happen, please go here.”
Show me thriving rain forests and reclaimed urban garden land. Show me places where my money is making things grow, not just preventing them from dying. Let the tears I shed for all creatures great and small be happy ones for a change.
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This took us by complete surprise but if ever there is a reason or one more reason for this to stop, here it is. Video: The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of
We felt real bad when American Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s son died. Our prayers continue to be with him. We know how he feels. Grieving Joe Biden Focuses on the Job He Has Now, Not the Next One
This is certainly good news. Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
PLUTO AS THE STORY UNFOLDS
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM THE UKRAINE
We are profound fans of hers so we really enjoyed this. How Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code, Spends Her Sundays
This individual will no doubt be remembered in Maple Leaf history books. And deservedly so, in my opinion. Canadian Conservation Officer Defies Order To Kill Two Bear Cubs
I think someday in Fairbanks and Anchorage both, there is going to be a statue of this individual, a pigeon and seagull proof statue. Over Objections of Legislature, Alaska’s Governor Says He Will Expand Medicaid by unilaterally accepting federal funds to cover more low-income residents under the program.
This better not be any of my tax dollars at work. Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try
The American penal system in the 21st Century is among the worst of any industrialized nation, both in its treatment of inmates and in its administrative excesses. So this, in my opinion, is welcome and long overdue. Thank you, Mr. President. Obama, in Oklahoma, Takes Reform Message to the Prison Cell Block
I am so sorry to read this. The characters Mr. Cosby portrayed were role models for millions over several generations, continents and ethnic and religions lines. Those characters also reflected the lives of real role models and empowered them, as well. I can no more sanction Mr. Cosby’s treatment of women than any other decent person on the planet could or would. I will miss Bill Cosby but I will remember the espionage agent, the high school gym teacher and certainly the doctor and family man he brought to life. Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals Calculated Pursuit of Young Women, Using Fame, Drugs and Deceit
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I admit this tweaked me out a little. If these dudes ever get captured and reprogrammed we all better hope they cannot swim. The Soldiers Who Never Sleep ~ South Korea’s Chilling Killer Robots
For the appliance enhanced/appliance reliant, this may not be the best news in the world. Machines That Mess With Your Mind
This actually makes a lot of sense to me. It would be like Destruction Derby without the cars. Training robots to play football
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
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
A tale of insurrection and war in an America of a dark and distant future
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I totally love this and it did not surprise me. Why Do Dolphins Hitch Rides On Whales?
I hope somehow they still learn. Polar Bears Fail To Adapt To Warming
I totally loved this. The Secret World Of A Weasel
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