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August 9, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 48
HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI: 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Last week, Japan commemorated the Atomic Age with the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I’m not thinking of this, however, in an historical context, except perhaps on a personal level. When I was in the United States Navy, shipmates and I started out to visit Ground Zero in Nagasaki.
In the city itself, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant which advertised in English. We met a waitress who said that she would be delighted to be our guide, just so that we would be better informed. She was young, a student and idealistic.
None of us knew that even as we spoke, an American atomic aircraft carrier was pulling into Tokyo Bay. A nation uneasy to begin with witnessed its young people by the tens of thousands pour into the streets in protest.
We could hear it before we actually ran into it and it wasn’t until we saw the signs and Michiko translated for us that we understood. By then, the rioters had spotted us in our uniforms and rocks and bottles began to fly through the air like incoming mortar rounds.
We turned to flee and with our longer legs, managed to escape. She went down and when I stopped to help her, she shook her head violently and my buddies grabbed me. The last look of her I had was a beautiful face bloodied by misunderstanding.
From Fukishima to Chernobyl to Three Mile Island, I have seen no good come from splitting the atom. Some things in nature are better left alone. For Michiko’s sake, I wish this one had been.
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I just became her newest fan. German Journalist Wades Into Online War Over Refugees
Subterranean Tourism Booming In Japan: Visit A Quarry Used As A Military Plant In Final Days Of Second World War
‘In Canada, I Feel Like I’m Sucking Air’: Canadian Woman Returns After Fighting With Kurds Against ISIL
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Outstanding. This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action
Good for you guys! Spain Emerges As Europe’s Economic Star After Years Of Austerity
I’m sorry, but I find this faintly ironic. What We Learned From German Prisons
I’ll just bet these kids are going to grow up to really respect the law and those who serve it. What were the people who did this thinking? A.C.L.U. Sues Over Handcuffing of Boy, 8, and Girl, 9, in Kentucky School
This doesn’t look like the smartest public relations move in the world. Putin’s Aide Sparks Scandal By Wearing $600,000 Watch Despite $147,000 Yearly Salary
I wonder if this guy is related to that crime boss/folk hero in Mexico? Top Italian Mobster Evades Police The Old-Fashioned Way: With Hand-Written Notes Hidden Under Rocks Or Soil
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I wonder how Charles Darwin would have answered this question. How do we know evolution is real?
Here is a Northstar interactive. The “us” in this case is the BBC. Show us photos of hot v cold
I am still not sure this is such a good idea. Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush
HERE ON EARTH
FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
Study Links Teens Who Spend At Least Two Hours Per Day On Social Media To Suicidal Thoughts, Poor Mental Health
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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 see a blockbuster film in this. Africa’s great monkey mountain
I found this extremely informative. Video: What’s the Buzz About Wild Bees?
Outstanding. Call To US And EU Governments To Ban Trophy Hunting Following The Death Of Two Zimbabwean Lions
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