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September 20, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 1
The Refugee Crisis: A Front Line Report
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. This edition’s front page is dedicated to the refugee crisis and belongs to our European Associate Editor, Olya Bereza, for her report.
Only a few people stayed unconcerned after seeing media footage of long processions of refugees heading towards Central Europe. And those strong-willed people’s chanting “Germany, Germany” is obviously not coincidental. Trying to understand how the ordinary people in this country itself see the situation I asked my acquaintance in Wuppertal to share a few words:
“We here don’t see refugees. No special problems at the moment. Germany has successfully completed this year and is able to allocate 800 million to the refugees needs, without additional cutting and investments. There is another problem. Too many people rush to the country because they are given more money here then in others.
“Obviously, Germany is not ready to absorb such a huge number of refugees. They need to be properly accommodated as here authorities follow standards. The government is building apartments and hotels for them.
“Lots of people volunteer to help, buy food, toys and clothes, even make hairdressing for free etc …. But society is divided. As for me I would prefer targeted aid as I do enjoy the European way of life. I do not want to see it changed. Many Muslims who do not live according to the German Constitution come. And some fear that ISIS will come with the refugee flow.
“Even the local Muslim community has warned. With the criminality increases a lot of measures are operatively undertaken. Additional 3,000 new policemen is planned to be involved and till that time the army helps. They also protect refugees from those who are very much against.
“The main reason of refugee wave to Germany is that social payments here are higher. EU Commissioner offered to equalize social benefits in Europe.”
Germans are well-known by practicality and ability to count money so I am hoping this will serve them well. I’m sure ~ despite all panic attitudes ~ (that) this situation will be managed with great thoughtfulness.
So here is wishing Deutschland special and personal good luck. The destiny of this nation is a part of my own. One of my ancestors, a German engineer named Baron von Beck, was hired by Catherine the Great to help her build Russia’s first railway in the 19th Century. And he was a good man.
I believe constructive ways out of crisis will be found.
Some population explosions are actually good for the planet. Baby boom: 5th new orca calf spotted off B.C. coast
This, on the other hand, does not exactly thrill me. We have friends in neighboring countries and a staff blogger in Taiwan. N Korea Nuclear Reactor ‘In Operation’
I totally agree with this. When firefighters speak out on climate change, we ought to listen up
Putin Defends Russian Military In Syria, Saying It’s Impossible To Defeat ISIL Without Propping Up Assad
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM YOU GUYS
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Way to go you guys! Thailand Destroys Ivory Stockpile
This person is rapidly ascending to the stature of Hero of the First Order with me. I am convinced that even if His Imminence was not a Man of the Cloth, he would still be out there doing good things for the world. A Humble Pope, Challenging the World
We definitely stand behind these. Land Trusts Offer Houses That People With Lower Incomes Can Afford—And a Stepping Stone to Lasting Wealth
Sometimes words nearly desert me. This time, all the nice ones have. Egyptian forces kill Mexican tourists
Another icon bites the dust. VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. Orders Big Recall
This sounds like a Mack Sennett silent film comedy where they sling mud and throw pies at one another. How much did they charge for admission to this particular dog and pony show? Candidates Use Second G.O.P. Debate to Taunt Donald Trump
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Do not read this one too close to bed time. Is Another Human Living Inside You?
If this is true, I want to try them. Udacity Says It Can Teach Tech Skills To Millions, And Fast
Two centuries might be a little too long but it’s nice to know how in case I change my mind. The Secrets Of Living To 200
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
SARA’S FULLBRIGHT YEAR: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN by Sara Goldstein
Sunday, September 20, 2015
We are now 3 weeks into the school year! I have been so very welcomed by everyone at Chong Qing, and now that all of the students know me a little bit more, they call out “Teacher Sara!!” when they see me in the halls 🙂 Chong Qing is a wonderful school with a strong emphasis on and regard for English language learning. I teach all students in Grades 1-5 (the school has students up to Grade 6), two weekly storytelling periods for Grades 1-2, and a weekly “English Conversation” period for teachers and staff.
Half of the school building is currently under construction, so this semester we (the 5 of us English teachers) do not yet have our own classrooms and we go around to teach in the students’ homeroom classes. This has its ups and downs; I love having a desk in the middle of a busy office where I can be a part of things, but I also look forward to settling into a classroom and being able to display student work. Overall it has been a wonderful first three weeks and I am very happy to have been placed at this school!
This is the school’s website: http://www.cges.tc.edu.tw/
Here is the website in English: http://www.cges.tc.edu.tw/english/index.html
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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BEST OF THE NET
On Patrol With the Black Mambas –Portraits of a majority-female South African anti-poaching squad.
We highly recommend this. Take a journey with the young people in your life. Go all over the world and meet endangered animals through this interactive storybook app for your tablet. World Wildlife Foundation Explore!
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
This is reassuring, especially probably to baby cowbirds. Female Cowbirds Found To Be Better Mothers Than Previously Thought
Why is this not surprising? I’m betting the same is true of humans. Elephant Offspring Of Stressed Mothers Age Faster And Produce Fewer Young
This is good news. Celebrating Three Javan Rhino Calves
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