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August 16, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 48
NICE GOING, INDIA
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it is a mixed bag this week, between headline news and email from you folks. We’ll respond to the latter first.
In response to the sympathy expressed for how hard it is to let go of certain bad memories ~ in this case, the young Japanese waitress who attempted to show me where Ground Zero is in Nagasaki ~ I think that some events in life, however tragic, are not meant to be forgotten.
They serve, instead, to remind us of the tragic foolishness of some policies and courses of action, personal and as a nation. In this case, it is my unswerving belief that we must stop using nuclear fission as both a fuel source and as a weapon. When philosophy fails, it is time for the heart to assume command.
We would like to take the opportunity to wish India a 69th birthday, which that nation celebrated yesterday, Saturday, August 15. We have quite a few readers in that country and we’ve followed especially the progress women have been making in a culture which appeared so male-dominated that rape on public transportation for decades went unmentioned in the media and absent from the crime and punishment dynamic.
We also realize that India is much older than her freedom from British domination. Like many nations in the world, she is the sum of races, religions and cultures born in the flickering fires of prehistory. We are honored by her presence in the International Community and proud of the progress she has made toward granting all of her citizens the same rights and protections under the law.
We were also very gratified to watch the re-opening of the American embassy in Cuba. Fidel Castro’s acidic remarks notwithstanding, we see this as long overdue and congratulate all concerned on the progress made thus far. May it, of course, continue.
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 not good news and our prayers are with him. Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer
I so totally agree with this. How rude! Smartphone fury What your phone behaviour says about your character (yes, even if you’re listening to someone unbearably boring).
Here we go again in this city it is beginning to look like God forgot. Emergency Declared in Ferguson After Shooting
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
If my home and native land had mail carriers like him, it would not take a fortnight for snail mail to get from the Sunshine Coast to the Newfoundland Banks. Meeting Mali’s Most Dedicated Postman
This is ambitious and I bet they pull it off. I mean, these are people who ride dog sleds to work and eat poutine. Canadian Scientist’s Mission: Barcode Every Single Species On Earth
Good for you guys! Zimbabwe Bans Hunting Of Lions, Leopards And Elephants
Ooops. This had to be more than a little embarrassing. Environmental Agency Uncorks Its Own Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine
Why does this irritate the living Harold out of me but does not surprise me in the least either? Mississippi Ban On Adoptions By Same-Sex Couples Is Challenged
I don’t imagine Her Majesty is real thrilled about this. Why do I see SAS and the Royal Marines in the future of these utter disgraces to motherhood? Video: ‘British Smugglers’ Trafficking Migrants
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Once before I die, I want to experience this place. The Most Electric Place On Earth — At One Lake In Venezuela, Lightning Flashes 28 Times Each Minute
This question has been asked since the dawn of recorded history. Since the dawn of mine, I have been wondering what the hurry is. How Fast Can Humans Travel?
This is so cool. The Car That Runs On Sunshine
HERE ON EARTH
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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
Your House Or Mine? A surprising number of couples live apart by choice or by necessity. Here’s how they handle the two-household tango.
Alone and Ghosted Living With Cancer
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
This kind of reminds me of a seagull named Jonathan. Little Tern’s Air Miles Equal Two And A Half Times Round The World
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