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November 8, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 8
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHO ELSE IS SWINGING FROM YOUR FAMILY TREE?
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, gang, it has been another “mixed bag” (my new alternative to ‘interesting’) week.
Canada’s got a new leader and despite my admiration for his mom and dad, my first reaction to the news of what the Maple Leaf media called “a Liberal landslide” was to wonder aloud if Justin’s feet can reach the pedals. I get accused occasionally of sometimes being a little too loose with allegory and that may very well have been one of those occasions. So my apologies to any of those I might have inadvertently offended.
A couple of you sent me articles about how Hillary Clinton and Justin Trudeau are related. I found out through you guys that a lot of celebrities share some of the same gene pool. Some while back, we ran a scientific short about all blue-eyed people being related.
I find such information interesting up to a point and then a little scary beyond that. I mean, do we really want to know all those in that DNA whatever? For instance, how would you handle ~ psychologically ~ finding out that you were a seventh cousin to someone who did outrageously dumb, dangerous or mean things?
Would you wonder how many of their genes you shared? Would you, like go in for a complete DNA diagnostic and then destroy anything that didn’t keep your family cool?
Could your system survive being a Conservative but having a Liberal swinging from a branch of your family tree? How about being the epitome of muscle and meat and testosterone male virility and then finding out your ninth cousin twice removed wears velour and lace, writes poetry and leaves a red rose on his boyfriend’s pillow every morning?
It does bring up a couple of interesting questions. What actually determines who we are, where we come from or who we are now that we’ve arrived? And if we consider gene therapy do we really know enough about the matrix of life to second-guess the creators of it? I’m sorry but that seems a good way to die stupid(ly).
Totally off that subject, I’ve had some excellent Facebook and other online conversations with people who have wished me Allah’s blessings. I’ve explained my own theology honestly but also within context. Lebanese poet and prophet Khalil Gibran believed that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand. Apparently I am not the only one who agrees with that. I’m grateful and I am gratified. And I am profoundly moved.
Perhaps peacemakers have a place in this world after all, eh?
That’s it for now, gang, and thanks for listening. Take care, stay well and have a great week.
I’ll bet this is a fun read. Wonder if it’s too late to get the white sheet concession. Someone might as well make a buck off this knuckle-dragging flipping foolishness. Anonymous Posts Ku Klux Klan List
I believe this individual will have influence far beyond her own lifetime and ours. Why The New Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich Is The Voice Of Modern Russia
I love it when these kinds of connections are made. The Color Of Food: How Gardens And Farms Can Help Us Heal From A History Of Racism
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CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
NORTHSTAR’S MAIL BAG
MY CONGRESSMAN ON THE GLOBAL ANTI-POACHING ACT
Dear Merritt Scott:
Thank you for your recent communication regarding H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act. H.R. 2494 was passed yesterday in the House of Representatives. I appreciate you letting me know your views on this matter, and I will keep your comments in mind.
If you are interested in following a particular piece of legislation through the legislative process, the website hosted by the Library of Congress at http://thomas.loc.gov is extremely helpful. It provides a wealth of information about legislation under consideration in the current Congress as well as bills introduced in earlier sessions. The site is called Thomas to honor President Thomas Jefferson and his belief in public access to the workings of government.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I welcome your views, and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
MY SENATOR ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Dear Mr. Miller:
Thank you for contacting me about climate change. I appreciate hearing from you regarding this important issue.
The Pacific Northwest has much to lose from climate change, which is causing increasingly severe storms and rising sea levels. Climate change is also negatively impacting forests, coastal and salmon habitats, and farmland. These resources define Washington state’s quality of life and help sustain the region’s economic competitiveness.
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to address climate change responsibly and to protect the way of life we in Washington state hold dear. Yet too many of my colleagues in Washington, D.C. are focused on ignoring settled science and denying that climate change is occurring. On July 29, 2014, I chaired a Senate Budget Committee hearing to examine the federal costs of inaction on climate change. The hearing made clear that the longer we wait to address this issue, the greater the costs will be to our economy, the federal budget, and subsequently to our children and grandchildren. Clearly, climate change is more than just an environmental issue, it also poses a threat to our nation’s economy and security.
As you know, in June 2013 President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan to address carbon pollution and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. This ambitious plan utilizes an all-of-the-above approach to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy towards cleaner, more efficient forms of energy, and strengthen American infrastructure and disaster response programs to protect people from severe weather events.
As part of this plan, on August 3, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the final Clean Power Plan rule, to limit carbon pollution from power plants. This common-sense plan aims to cut our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and would give states the flexibility to implement their own methods of achieving this goal. I have long called on the Obama Administration to take action to address climate change given the continued denial of the problem by some in Congress, and I am proud to support the final rule. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I supported an amendment to strike riders from the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill that would block implementation of the rule, and will continue to oppose attempts to roll back the President’s plan.
Rather than trying to strip EPA’s authority to regulate carbon pollution, I believe Congress should act to pass comprehensive climate change and clean energy legislation. Working in concert with the President’s Climate Action Plan, Congress must address the serious issues posed by climate change. By working together, we can help reduce the dangers to future generations of Washingtonians caused by carbon pollution while strengthening our economy and creating jobs across the nation.
Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing our nation. Please be assured I will keep your views in mind as related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates. Thank you again for writing, and please keep in touch.
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
INTERVIEW WITH IRAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
In connection with recent sanctions lift on Iran, announced by US after Munich Security Conference, I asked a representative of the Iran Chamber of Commerce to comment on what effect the lifting of sanctions is going have on their economy and if there is a chance for economic cooperation. He agreed to speak to me if I did not identify him. Here, then, is his response.
“First of all, lifting the sanctions will influence on the price of oil in the world,” he said. “Iran will come back to the world economy again and definitely will experience an economy growth. After the lifting of the sanctions, Iran can also export more oil too. That is not only the volume but the values of oil trade will increase in the favor of Iran. It will also effect on non-oil trade too. It is expected the foreign direct investment will double compared to the present time.
“Lots of multinational companies have already started negotiations to invest in Iran, especially in oil and gas aspects. Sanctions caused a loss of 17.1 billion USD in Iran export volume only during two years of 2012 to 2014. The important point is how to manage the market after sanction lifting. European countries are looking for opportunities in Iran. So it will be more competitive and it is not only the government but also the private sector and traders to do business much more than before.
“The government tries to make investments to improve infrastructural in agriculture, mine and industries to help production which has damaged during sanction and being away from the modern technology of the world. Sanction lifting creates a better field for imports, so the new rules and laws will be made in order to control it and brings the best possible situations. Cars will be one of them, Iran has one of the biggest markets for cars in Middle East which seems to be even more active after lifting of sanctions. 65 percent of Iranian population belongs to the people under 35, so there will be many potentials in job creating. Removing the sanctions and swift activating will ease the trade between Iran and Ukraine and I suppose our trade relationships will be increasing.
“Regarding to your second question, I need to say that no relationship will be settled between Iran and the US nations as the supreme leader has constantly said no American goods will be used in Iran after lifting the sanctions. It is right that after activating of new situation aircrafts spare parts will once again will come to Iran though.”
In conclusion, Mishka, I should say unfortunately there are a lot of stereotypes among peoples, but my Ukrainian colleagues shared with me the best impressions from working with Iranian counterparts as they showed great respect to them and were very open and friendly in communication. So hopingly despite all odds nations will find ways to constructively cooperate for mutual benefit.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, Mish.
Thank you, Mr. President. Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction Of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline See also: Oil Supply Picture Has Changed Since Keystone Was Proposed
If this doesn’t move you, somebody swiped your heart while you weren’t looking. A Kenyan Runner Maps His Way Home
Considering that most refugees eventually assimilate into their new lands and cultures, any investment in that process is bound to produce mostly good results. German Entrepreneurs Want To Teach Refugees How To Code For Free
This was not fun to read but it was fair. Betrayed By The Badge: A Look At Sex Misconduct By Police In The U.S.
This is not a criticism of the way Germany is handling this. It is a heart-wrenching window on why we need to do all we can for these people. What It’s Like Inside a German Refugee Center
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This totally blew me away. Our ancestors looked like this
I hope they do a better job with this than they have done with their cars and trucks. Toyota Invests $1 Billion In Artificial Intelligence In U.S.
I am saving up to see this in person. Oslo To Ban Private Cars From City Center By 2019
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
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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
Look who paid us another visit last Tuesday. Close-up look of orcas swimming through Puget Sound
I thought this was really cool. The UK swan arrival from Iceland
Since I am fond of both of these species, this was a little tough to watch. However, I received another invitation to put on SCUBA gear and go orca watching up close. I almost accepted. I won’t after watching this. Humpback vs Orca, Epic Battle Caught On Camera
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