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August 2, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 45
THE CULT OF STATUS SYMBOLS KILLED CECIL
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This past week, the death by trophy hunting of a lion named Cecil made headlines around the world. The resounding message was clear. Cecil’s murder is totally unacceptable.
I am familiar with the style of hunting that killed Cecil. As a kid, my stepfather and his cop buddies went after deer in the Sierra Nevadas with radios, maps, dogs and high powered rifles with expensive scopes.
Planned like a military operation, there was absolutely nothing sportsmanlike about it. Granted, they took the meat as well as the full head or antlers alone. They sold most of the meat to pay to have the head mounted, then smoked or jerked the rest for home consumption. And I don’t care what anyone says, venison does not taste like chicken or beef. It’s not something, to paraphrase Dick Smothers, you’d want every day.
My rancher grandfather, however, hunted from horseback with an iron-sights Winchester 78, in the high mountains above tree line. He went out alone and usually got back by supper time. He did that three times a year. We never saw anything except the meat, the hide and the antlers because we used all those. The rest, my grandfather buried out of respect for the deer and gratitude for the subsistence it provided him and his own.
Cecil’s killer is being vilified around the globe and I do not think he deserves that. Cecil was a lion, not a jackal, so I do not believe he would sanction this either, had he survived.
Cecil’s killer is as much a victim in some ways as the Cecil. What both succumbed to was the trophy culture and that culture is hardly limited to the killing of wild animals.
How many of us married or purchased for status, rather than for love or value? Are we any less guilty ~ albeit perhaps in principle alone ~ then, than Cecil’s killer? I’m not. None of us are.
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 certainly good news. Water Use in California Down 27% in June, Beating Goal
This, however, is certainly not good news. ‘Brain-eating amoeba’ in US tap water
I think we need to pay attention to this. Here’s How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Let the Force Be With You
Ukraine is among the top ten world leaders in export-oriented software development and despite all the recent turbulence here, the IT industry showed a 120% increase in value last year. Even the fact that the first IT experts in the history of Ukraine won seats in Parliament is promising for future development.
The other promising fact is that venture capital comes to the country while more conservative investors are still weighing the risks. Another positive in this regard is that new tech start-ups are growing as mushrooms in the forest after rain, meaning more entrepreneurially-inclined people come with ideas on how they can satisfy people’s needs and then go directly to the clients globally with the suggested solutions via various crowd funding platforms. So eventually all are the winners as users receive a product making their life easier.
As an example, Branto Orb, developed in Dnipropetrovsk city, is a smart home keeper, the design of which was inspired by R2-D2 from the world famous “Star Wars”. And that is really not surprising when one sits down in Branto’s office and gazes at a poster of Yoda, also from Star Wars.
The product itself is a home-monitoring robot that can communicate with its master regardless of distance. It can rotate around to give a full 360 HD panoramic view in every room of the house. It can warn about problems such as water or gas leaks, and can control all appliances while the building’s occupants are away.
IT, then, is one of the most promising emerging industries it Ukraine. It has the potential to financially empower the country to overcome domestic problems and provide the international community with a worldwide benefit. That is how it is done and that is how Ukraine intends to do it.
Now, as Yoda on Branto’s wall would tell you, “Let the Force be with you.”
That’s it for this week, then. Stay cool, Mishka.
I hope this makes a difference. Fiat Chrysler hit with record US fine
This has been a long time in coming. Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church
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This should sear the conscience of every human being on the planet. Video: Drugged, Kidnapped And Enslaved
America has absolutely no right criticizing how well other nations protect their children when this is true of them. Epidemic Of US Children Sold For Sex
This must be a fun place to live if you are black and young. St. Louis County Biased Against Black Juveniles, Justice Department Finds
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This reads like something right out of Jack London. ‘Freezing And Struggling’: Good Luck Finds Pilot Stranded On An Ice Floe For 32 Hours — And Down To His Last Flare
I learned a lot from this. The strange properties of light
These people have been busy. Interactive Feature: What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea
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
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