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October 18, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 5
I HOPE IT DOES NOT TAKE OVER A BILLION CATHOLICS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. We are privileged here in Seattle to be the home of an internationally renowned “green” think tank which blends science, technology and a “get wet and swim with your local orcas” approach to creating a more environmentally appropriate world for all of us.
Founded by Alan Durning in 1993, Sightline Institute has a great daily email newsletter with environmental articles from around the region. They also host open houses in their downtown Seattle office where the public can meet and schmooze with them. They also have a prominent networking position with such regional organizations as The SeaDoc Society, YES magazine and this publication.
I cite Sightline on the issue of climate change because I find a remarkable similarity between their philosophy and the climate change points Pope Francis has been making. Among them:
Any harm done to the environment is harm done to humanity. The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.
What is at stake is our own dignity. Climate change dramatically affects us, for it has to do with the ultimate meaning of our earthly sojourn.
Now is the time for an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time, protecting nature.
I am convinced that we can make a difference. I am confident we can find a solution.
According to a BBC report, there are about 1.2 billion Catholics on the planet. I hope it does not take all of them to persuade the rest of us to do what we know we need to do.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.
This is why all of us who love especially dolphins, porpoises, orcas and whales protest when any sonar testing is done where they live. Listening to the sounds of the deep: How undersea noises can have deadly results
This would certainly explain a lot, would it not? Humans may be a hybrid species
Is it just me or does this seem a contradiction in terms? AK governor: We need oil drilling to pay for climate change damage
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
Last week I was really glad to hear about the Nobel Peace Prize going to Tunisia. To slightly change that famous Leo Tolstoy quote: “All happy societies are alike; each unhappy society is unhappy in its own way.” Having troubles in one’s own motherland makes people more empathetic with those who experience turbulence too. That is how I became connected with one of my acquaintance. Originally from Tunisia; he was very compassionate about Ukraine. The last two years here have been hard so having a good conversation with somebody who experienced the same pressure in society really helped.
His message was that “there is a real need for a comprehensive forgiveness. When roots, ethnic origins, religion, politics, money are on board, things get messed up. People should forgive otherwise it will be an endless thing.
“These lessons cannot be drawn immediately; it is at the level of generations, if they really study and analyze critically history then hoping time and environment will be better for our kids”.
I praise those in Tunisia where the critical situation was turned into constructive way. Taking into account the dramatic swing of pendulum for other countries on the continent leading to recent immigration flow to Europe, it is high time to give even more attention to Africa’s potential. The countries here are all so different but each of them unique in a way. It was interesting to find out some facts about them in our conversations:
“In Tunisia the weather is hot. Its summer temperature varies between 30 to – 43C/86 – 109F. But the good thing is that they have beautiful beaches there.
In Chad, you will have a bottle of boiled water with you as in 45C/113F degrees, water cannot be kept fresh. But people here are very kind and like colorful gowns. Chinese are running the oil fields there. Everywhere are Chinese restaurants, hotels.
Senegal with Dakar as capital city is a very beautiful country. The northern African environment is good.
Mali is really poor…
In fact the old colonials still influence the African countries. As most of Central and West African countries were colonized by France they are still dependent on France and their economy is strongly linked to Europe and France in particular even their currency is linked to Euro”.
To recall history, about 70 years ago when Europe was in ruins after WW II, capital and will were put into the well-known Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program) to restore the various economies. Maybe now, when many countries of Africa are devastated and urging people to migrate, another similar global plan or program needs to be implemented.
Perhaps it will not be one plan but a synergy of plans. At the moment, there are scattered endeavours by a few conscious people like my Tunisia acquaintance engaged in the implementing of agricultural projects in those countries. Or as another example- ISG entrepreneurs in West Africa seeking for cooperation with others to create jobs and reduce poverty.
As it is said, every drop in the ocean counts.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, Mishka.
This is a fine and appropriate tribute now, is it not? Giving thanks, and giving back: As a refugee, I know there’s nothing more Canadian
Despite an early adolescent and entirely prurient fondness for Hugh Hefner’s magazine, I now believe that this is a good idea. Playboy ‘to drop’ naked women images
I love it when cool stuff happens where I live. King County buys hundreds of apartments to keep them affordable
At least he manned up to it. Astronomer Apologizes For Behavior
Shame on you guys. Outrage over China cabin crew ‘ritual’
Nothing like a little more exploitation of the most vulnerable. Sigh. Video: Gangs Sell Fake Passports To Refugees
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Uh huh. Ooookay. Watch Tesla’s new autopilot handle highway driving
Why am I not surprised? First drones. Now this. Pandora never had so many bees in her box. California DMV official speaks candidly about the headache of regulating self-driving cars
On the other hand, this is reassuring, for those of us who can afford one. Volvo’s CEO Won’t Eliminate The Steering Wheel Anytime Soon
JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
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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.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Sweet stuff that of course has me all teary:
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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
THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here. Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is fascinating. The bird that’s more valuable than ivory
I found this absolutely amazing. More than 200 new species found in Eastern Himalayas, including a ‘walking’ fish
I found this a little weird. This Fish Is Breastfeeding
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YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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