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September 27, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 2
YET ANOTHER “INTERESTING” WEEK
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, yet another “interesting” week. Pope Francis spoke to the American Congress on the same day the president of China was visiting Seattle and in that city, four were killed and many more injured in a collision between a Metro bus and an amphibious vehicle used commercially to give tours of our “Emerald City.” In the midst of it all, summer slipped away and autumn said hello.
I was as impressed as most people with Pope Francis. But then I’ve been a fan of the Vatican for some while now. Here is a world leader with followers all over the world who would gladly follow him into Hell if he asked them, using his considerable influence not to consolidate his empire but to help a violent and at times inexcusably self-serving species save itself from extinction.
I am also very encouraged by the improved relations between America and China. Even as Xi Jinping left Seattle for the nation’s capital, Boeing announced that it was building a new assembly plant in China. Seems to me I read somewhere that it’s hard to rattle a saber with one hand and do business with the other, especially when the client likely holds the bigger sword.
Four Students Die In Seattle Bus Crash pretty well covers the worst motor vehicle in our region’s history. According to one eye-witness, the city bus lost a front wheel and careened into the path of the oncoming DUCK packed with foreign students enrolling in a new school in Seattle and enjoying a tour of their new home. It happened on the West Coast’s major north south highway and on one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, on a clear and breath-taking day. We are an extraordinarily empathetic and caring community. The pall of this tragedy will linger for some while here.
Let’s hope this next week is a bit more on the inspirational side and considerably less on the tragic one, not just for Seattle, but for the world. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
We definitely do not want to miss this. Total Eclipse of a Super Full Moon
This is absolutely appalling when you realize we are talking about 25 percent of American college coeds. 1 in 4 Women Experience Sex Assault on Campus
This little sweetheart needs a couple of her loose nuts tightened. Defiant Clerk Kim Davis Confiscated And Altered All The Marriage Licenses Issued While She Was In Jail
Forecast For Economic Growth In 2016 Gets Gloomier
VW Canada Halts Sales Of Diesel Cars After U.S. Emissions Scandal
CN Rail Alleges Corporate Espionage In Suit Against Cp, Ex-Employee Says
THE REFUGEE CRISIS
CHINESE PRESIDENT IN AMERICA
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
POPE FRANCIS IN NORTH AMERICA
WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
And as for this week, I would like to impart to you my reflections of attending an interesting meeting of an organization hosting a project called “OSCE Cafe On The Road,” which takes place September- October in 10 regional centers of Ukraine, including Kyiv.
First, it was interesting to learn more about the founding of this organization. It began 40 years ago when East and West blocs got together during the height of the Cold War in Helsinki to discuss economical, environmental, human rights and political security questions. I think it is significant to note that that the (former) Soviet Union was one of the initiators of these talks.
The Helsinki Accords were a great example of the transition from confrontation to cooperation for common benefit. And as I have shared with you before my rather low opinion of foreign politics of the Cold War era, the Accords also served as an example of the sophisticated and classy level the art of diplomacy can reach. The issues and questions addressed were fundamental to human society and remain as important today as they were then.
Back to our times, the main speaker at the meeting I attended was Ursula Froese, OSCE Secretariat, Vienna. She mentioned the Ukrainian crisis within the frame of work of the organization’s Special Monitoring Mission, which began here on March 2014. Its first monitors to Ukraine came from Bosnia, Macedonia and Kosovo.
According to Ursula, the main grounds for conflict in the Ukraine were the overwhelming level of corruption and difficult social situation in the country. It was complicated and in many cases, exacerbated by our leaders in government and industry following their own geopolitical interests and those of other nations involved, rather than what was best for the majority of Ukrainians.
Hlib Yasnytsky, Office of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, told us that the OSCE has launched a social project called National Dialogue for Reforms, Justice and Development.
Among the goals are facilitation of social dialogue, human rights violations early response as well as mediation capacity between government and society. Of course conflict sensitive reporting, ethics standards and avoidance of hate speech are still of importance.
Ms. Froese said that the intention of OSCE is to become open to innovative ideas and to welcome to this new platform, www.oscequilt.org to share thoughts and provide new vision.
At the moment among OSCE participants are 57 States and 11 Partner countries committed to dialogue
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, Mishka.
This is truly one of those “if he can do it…” moments. 100 Years Old. 5 World Records.
Right on and “high five” LA. Los Angeles Puts $100 Million Into Helping Homeless
I totally loved this. The People Who Make Last Wishes Come True
There’s a room in Hell waiting for anyone who even tries to justify this. I’ve got a feeling the Underworld is probably a little bigger than I thought. Sigh. US Drug Company Defends Huge Price Rise
Volkswagen US boss says ‘we screwed up’ Jeez, ya think?
US peanut boss jailed over salmonella And feed him something made with peanuts for every meal. But no jelly to go with. If, after 20 years of that, he pulls this Genocide in the Second Degree horse manure again, you know for sure he’s unredeemable.
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
I found this one particularly reaffirming. The Land Of Made-Up Facts
Since I do not believe that there is a cap on technological evolution, I am skeptical of this. Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips
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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
I didn’t know this. Did you? A Quarter of the Country’s Green Sea Turtles Call Florida Refuge Home
This probably comes as real good news to our readers Down Under. New Species Of Deadly Adder Discovered In Australia
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