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November 29, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 11
IT IS TIME TO STOP DEMONIZING THE RUSSIAN BEAR
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Winter has arrived in our part of the world with temperatures at freezing or below and snow on both mountain ranges. America celebrated Thanksgiving and a few people died at shopping malls across the nation on Black Friday, proving that greed and rational behavior do not always go hand in glove.
I also found a news source that is as good as any out there and the discovery has been humbling and a bit disconcerting to me. I have been naïve enough to believe that the western media does as good a job covering things on the eastern side of the former Iron Curtain as it does on the west. I am convinced now that if we really want to know about Russia, we should read news by Russian journalists. So I’m recommending to all of you, at least a glimpse at The Moscow Times.
For those of us on Facebook, the Russia Community Organization’s website is another outstanding source for information about all aspects of life in that part of the world.
Both the Moscow Times and the Russia Community Organization also present their nation’s president in a light reminiscent of America’s “Camelot,” the Kennedy Years. Vladimir Putin comes across as a very likable and, in many ways, very ordinary guy. The Russian media isn’t nominating him for sainthood but they are reflecting the love of a people for their president. It rings very true and, quite frankly, very refreshing.
That’s it for now then. Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.
Editor’s Note: Since Isis is a venerated Egyptian goddess, we will now be referring to the terrorist group as simply IS, as the BBC does.
This is not good. Heroin, Survivor of War on Drugs, Returns With New Face
We owe it to the 1.6 billion Muslims with whom we share our neighborhoods, cities nations and planet to check this out. Video: Muslim Comedians Denounce Paris Attacks
This is a new low, even for this flipping twit. Trump Denies Mocking New York Times Reporter With Physical Disability
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
RUSSIA V. TURKEY
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
In Chilling Accounts, Paris Doctors Tell Of War-Like Effort To Save Hundreds Of Wounded After Attacks
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
FIGHTING TERROR, ITALIAN-STYLE
That was another interesting article to read Italian Prime Minister Wants to Fight Terrorism By Culture
And even this plan has not yet been approved by the Italian parliament, it is a quite admirable approach. True that youth are the most vulnerable to all kinds of influence and propaganda but the broader one’s perspective on life and the world ~ the more educated a person is ~ the more possibilities for total self-realization they have. And the more likely they will make choices with regards to the rest of humanity.
This is also why communication with people of diverse geopolitical and ethnic background is so important to just opening our minds to something new. Learning about different traditions and religions, just to name a few differences, can be an exciting adventure if done with respect for each other.
It was nice to witness the other day in Lviv (Western Ukraine) a gathering for joint photograph of a Students for Liberty event. Thumbs up to that and the opportunities it provides for young people
My appreciation to all creative people and their might to add magic to everyday routine. Like these pictures from a book published in 2013 entitled “Open Book” I participated in this project and was grateful for the feedback from many talents, who submitted their lyrics, prose and drawings. Unfortunate dramatic events made the continuation impossible for 2014, but I am hoping that with the recovery of the country, more cultural development events take place.
That’s it for this week, my cousin. Stay warm, Mish.
I am incredibly proud of these people. Canadian couple use wedding budget to sponsor Syrian refugees
This is so cool. Returning to the Wild
Let’s hope this man’s law enforcement skills are better than his people ones. Georgia sheriff posts ‘politically incorrect’ welcome sign
And I happen to be one of those four. Sigh. Four in 10 say they know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers
I am hoping this is not as bad as it sounds. ‘Needless suffering and death, social and economic havoc’: Ebola report cites egregious failure by countries, WHO
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
Not in my garage it doesn’t. The driverless car gets comfortable
By the time all these bugs are fixed, I’ll be too old to drive. So will your grandchildren. Road To Robotic Parking Is Littered With Faulty Projects
He and Melinda have probably already done this and is just waiting until Christmas to make the announcement. Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy
JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE
NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES — 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
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
Just beautiful, with pretty music to boot!
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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 pretty cool. Penguins’ Anti-Ice Trick Revealed
I love this. The Hidden Wildlife Of Japan
This has to be one of the more profound questions of the new century. Where Do Seattle Crows Go At Night?
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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