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November 1, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 7
SPEAKING FOR OUR RESPECTIVE FLAGS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In an otherwise busy week, one thing jumped out at me, the media coverage of Beijing’s sanctioning two-child households.
First off, I have no issue with that decision because it is actually really none of my business. I am not Chinese. I do not live in China. While I know enough about the country to respect its culture, I am hardly in a position to second-guess what is best for them.
Second, this whole idea that because I am Occidental rather than Oriental and therefore wiser in the ways of the species never washed in my house. If memory serves, the first time I ever heard it proposed, I got pabulum all over my plate.
I hope it works out for them. And I keep praying that before any of us leap to judgment, we examine our own nations, our own communities, our own neighborhoods, families and ourselves before we decide that who we are or what we have or how we do things should be the global universal.
If there is one thing sure to kill us off faster than ignoring climate change, it is this virulent strain of hypocrisy in our gene pool. Helping others is noble and often appropriate. It becomes incredibly self-defeating though, when it is done at the expense of and instead of getting the vital help we ourselves need.
The best leadership is by personal example and while each of our nations has proven good at that, our leaders have also failed to follow through consistently. If our governments won’t take that responsibility, it’s up to us to speak for our respective flags.
This magazine’s readership ~ you folks ~ comes from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Ukraine, the United States of America and Wales. That’s a lot of people pulling together. And the numbers grow daily.
So yep, it’s getting done. And you’re the ones who are doing it. I personally think this is kind of cool and I am honored by your society. Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.
This cannot possibly come as good news. Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO See also Britain’s response. A Most British Response to the W.H.O. Study on Processed Meats
Is the Internet the next global battlefield? America’s National Security Agency sure seems to think so.
In a culture as addicted as ours is to private motorized transportation, this will not come as good news. On the other hand, it should not come as any surprise. The true costs of driving
Housing Markets In Four Cities At Risk Of Correction: CMHC
New Brunswick Mulls Scrapping Tax Hike On 1 Per Cent After Trudeau Win
AFGHANISTAN – PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE
CARCINOGENIC MEAT CONTROVERSY
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
TO AGENT 007…AND MY GRANDFATHER
Today’s conversation at work with the girls during a break near coffee machine started with the question, “Have you seen the photos from 007:Spectre premiere? And then office woman-to-woman talk continued, discussing the James Bond character and as he appeared to be this fiction personage who was a common hero for girlish imagination. Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan were nominated by this little female coffee committee as the most sophisticated and charming ones. They did feel, though, that Daniel Craig is a decent “continuator” for the modern series. Maybe he just lacks the chic manners of the previous performers.
This reminded me of years ago being a reading-addicted child absorbing Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, which I found on the bookshelves of my grandparents apartment. This was at a time when the Soviet Union was in its bloom. And now it comes to me that alongside the three Laws of Motion formulated by Isaac Newton, there is definitely a Universal Law of Life’s Irony.
I doubt Mr. Fleming ~ in his series inspired by the Cold War ~ would ever think that in mind of a little girl the image of his agent 007 would be reflected by her grandfather, a Soviet in his late 40s who always wore smart suits, shiny leather shoes and that kind of durable velvet quality coats that manufactures seem to have forgotten how to produce nowadays. My grandfather was also the one of us who never said too much. And to complete the resemblance, he was very attractive especially if one caught the gaze of his eyes, which were so brightly greenish blue.
This makes me think that maybe we all are more alike then different and are just grasping our own reflections in other peoples faces. Like looking into the mirror and asking, “So who’s that guy on the other side? Is he a gunman or a gentleman?
That’s it for this week, Doc. Stay warm, Mishka
This is really cool and it works. Watch: How you can be part of the stormwater solution
This Is Certainly Well-Deserved. Saudi Blogger Wins Human Rights Prize
I am seriously beginning to wonder if there is any motor vehicle manufacturer with enough integrity to put safety ahead of profit. GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires
You’d think they’d be doing the math by now, wouldn’t you? Corporations have paid more than $57 billion in environmental, health and safety penalties since 2010
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This is very interesting. What Drives Us To Explore?
It was interesting this past week to wake up after a great night’s sleep and learn that I live in one of the most naturally dangerous places in the world.
This, I thought, was thrilling. Video Shows First Confirmed Wild Sighting Of Omura’s Whale
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
Cloud Peak To Put Coal Exports On Hold
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
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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
The Salish Sea (fka The Puget Sound) community celebrated the arrival of a new baby. And yep, it is a cuter.
I totally loved this. How to help garden wildlife
Here’s a good opportunity to die from cute. Internet Falls in Love With Tiny Owl Taking Shelter From the Rain Under a Mushroom
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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