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July 26, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 44
A SAFE PLACE FOR THIS TO ALL COME TOGETHER
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. As I write, it is first light in Seattle on a moderately tempered Sunday in one of the largest and quietest cities on the American West Coast.
I’ve looked at the headline news for the United States and America seems like such a violent place. But in all honesty, there are places in Seattle and in Washington State which are just as dangerous.
If I’ve read the Script correctly, I’ve got another 25 or 30 good years left and lots of stuff to do to make sure my family and others I love are left well provided for. Paramount is finding a safe place for this to all come together.
I have lived and worked in violent communities in California and I am not particularly fond of them. To escape them, I sought the smaller towns of the rural Pacific Northwest and discovered that the climate had not really changed very much. Per capita, the level was about the same.
I grew up in a National Riflemen’s Association household so firearms from a S&W snub-nosed .38 revolver to a Remington .30-06 ADL with a Bausch & Lomb 3x9x scope are not unfamiliar to me.
I am not an advocate of gun control not because I do not believe in the principle of it because I do, but rather because I know it will not work. All it will do is create an even larger black market for weapons of individual and small mass destruction.
British General Sir Lord Wellington has written that war will not end until the lead toy soldiers are gone from the nursery. As long as we continue to glamorize the use of firearms in any context, the climate of violence will not change. As long as Sly and Bruce are punching holes the size of bean cans in the bad people, there’s going to be some moron with a Messiah complex, access to weapons of small mass destruction (WSMD) and a delusional license to kill.
There are places in Washington and southwestern Canada which police themselves and exercise responsible use of everything from fishing nets to chainsaws to their own collection of WSMD and even where people watch a John Wayne cavalry western and root for the indigents.
After I’ve settled me and mine in, I’ll invite you all to supper. Dogs, cats and kids are welcome. But if you know anyone named Ruby, please ask her not to bring her guns to town.
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In several decades of covering and curating news, I do not think I have come across anything sillier, dumber or more potentially open to an epidemic of blackmail than this Infidelity site customer data stolen – Ashley Madison, an online dating website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouse, suffers a loss of customer data.
On the other hand, this is very encouraging. Spam email levels at 12-year low. Junk mail or spam has fallen to less than 50% of all the email scanned in June by security firm Symantec.
So is this. Cool summer sees Arctic ice increase
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
PLUTO AS THE STORY UNFOLDS
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM THE UKRAINE
Glad to share that “Inside of Living” project has successfully reached its goal of crossing Ukraine from east to west after 83 days of walking. I cannot convey how proud I am of the girls Anastacia Evsiukova and Olya Soloviova and their team. I followed them day after day in this journey to show that behind the news stories, there are real people.
I asked them what they feel, before the end of the project. Olya said that she cannot imagine coming back from nature and people to ordinary post-Soviet design walls. So she is planning new adventures. Anastacia plans a big sleep which is understandable after all those nights in a tent.
A few days before the end of their journey, they came to Mukachevo, a picturesque southwestern town in Zakarpattya region. Even though the week before there was some insurgency, the participants of the project were brave enough to not change the planned route and step to this old town bearing historic charm. The place met them quietly and just one highway road was closed.
So despite the headlines, sometimes things are not the same as they are portrayed in the media. Or maybe we write our own stories and let the world know how it really is.
Stay cool, Mishka.
Outstanding. I hope it is accepted. Mitsubishi makes key war apology
Outstanding II, for obvious reasons. Canada’s top general vows more support for sexual assault victims
I am betting that this will work. This is Riddle of the Sphinx thinking in action. (What creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and three in the evening?) Egyptians Turn to Facebook to Highlight Decrepit Public Facilities
I have found this euphemism bitterly ironic ever since Peg Mullen’s boy succumbed to it in Vietnam. US ‘friendly fire’ kills Afghans
If we do not do something about this, that treaty really will have been paid for in blood. Iran execution toll ‘staggering’
For these two perhaps most of all, a nation mourns. Lost in Lafayette Gunfire, Two With Bright Futures
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Is it just me or is this like really a stretch? Can cyborg cockroaches save lives?
I found this fascinating. Utah’s ‘Grand Staircase’ Leads Back in Time to Dinosaur Shangri-La
This is definitely worth reading. Profiles in Science: Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer
HERE ON EARTH
Video: Soyuz Successfully Docks At ISS (Nice going, folks.)
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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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