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September 13, 2015 Vol. 8 No. 52
I REMEMBER WHEN ‘LEAVE THE DRIVING TO US’ MEANT THESE FOLKS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, taking a break from the hard news this week, I ran across this on the same day I watched an amazon.com food delivery demonstration on an American national morning television news show.
Why do I have this like, “Yeah, right,” attitude mystifies me a bit for perhaps the same reason self-driving transportation freaks me out more than a little. It seems to put a lot of power into the wrong places.
If the mode is centrally governed and grid failure occurs because of a solar storm, sabotage, hacking or electronic attack, how many crash and burns will that involve?
And if they are autonomously controlled by what is packaged into them, are they any less vulnerable than anything else that has come off the assembly line and been subject to recall for everything from bad brakes to faulty airbags?
I am not at all opposed to technological evolution when it is appropriately applied and when it does not threaten life on this planet or diminish us as a species. When I first reached this perspective about four decades ago, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of people who felt the same way.
Now I live in a city and state and region where about 15 million people do. To me, this is positive human evolution. I am an optimist with bad days so it is not that hard to vault this into a prayer that what this might just also mean is that we will perhaps yet be worthy of the love of the gods we claim to worship and the planet we profess to love.
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 express your appreciation, please go here
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Is it just me or is this not obvious? Solution To Refugee Crisis Is To End Syria’s Civil War, UN Official Says
Since one of us lives there, this was very, very sad for all of us to read. Nearly 8,000 Killed In Ukraine Conflict, U.N. Says
Mexico’s New Wave Of Mural Painters Are Updating An Old Tradition, Promoting Real And Virtual Artworks
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
OUR WINDOW ON EUROPE by Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
GREEN ROOFS NOW THE LAW IN FRANCE
Recently enjoying a meal in nice restaurant with an amazing view of the Carpathians evergreen mountain forests made me think how we are actually attached to Mother Nature. And trying to deny it by all modern technologies, steel and glass buildings, boiling hot in summer, just leads to additional stress if not further.
In line with that, it was interesting learn that there is now a French law requiring new buildings with green roofs. These specify partial roof coverage with gardens or solar panels.
According to the following article, it is still an amazing move forward on green agenda and great example to other polluted capitals and big cities all over the world. London Green and Solar Roof Conference 28th September 2015 (and the French Solar Green Roof Law that Is Not Yet a Law)
Who knows? Maybe a shift in consciousness is not far from us and we will see the day when each house will become sustainable with a solar energy panels and ~ to add more oxygen to polluted streets ~` greenery on rooftops.
In my personal experience, even stuffing a room with lots of plants makes it a much more comfortable place. That is what we strive for even more then food- good air.
Okay, that’s it for now. Stay safe, Mishka.
This story is awesome. Speer’s Daughter And The Syrian Refugees
This is definitely a step in the right direction. OPP To Issue Report On Missing And Murdered Aboriginal Men, Women
This is progress. At least they’re discussing this sitting down. U.S., Chinese Officials Meet on Cyber Security Issues: White House
This is about as scurrilous an example of abuse of technology as we’ve run across in some while. Porn App Took Secret Photos Of Users
I am sorry this happened. I am glad they got caught. Large Haul Of Illegal Wildlife Parts Seized In Malaysia And Three Arrested
How many must die like this before we get the idea that war is not just about what we want from it? Airstrikes Take Toll on Civilians in Yemen War
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I was certainly glad to read this. European Court Rejects Final Appeal To Allow Seal Hunting
I sincerely hope this works out for her. A Dying Young Woman’s Hope in Cryonics and a Future
I think this is an excellent application. With Website to Research Colleges, Obama Abandons Ranking System
HERE ON EARTH
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THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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BEST OF THE NET
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
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If this doesn’t move you, yep, time to ask the Wiz for a heart, eh? A Mother’s Long Distance Call Help Their Seal Pups Find Them
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