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December 13, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 14 428th Consecutive
REFLECTIONS OF A SIMPLE MIND
This was not only a stunning feat of international diplomacy, it was a clear victory over the forces of ennui, xenophobic self-interest and egocentrism that have paralyzed efforts like this in the past and continue to grip the American Congress.
What is also of some significance ~ at least to me ~ is that President Obama continued his nation’s full participation in the process despite strong resistance from those not so much opposed to the Accord but the acclaim the “opposition” would garner for so strongly and proactively support it.
I am not an intelligent man, nor ~ for my years ~ a particularly wise one. So when I see the leaders of my government doing things I do not understand, I sometimes become easily confused.
I do not, for instance, understand why ~ with all the scientific evidence in ~ there should even be an issue about the need to stop hurting and start healing the planet. Second, I cannot comprehend the logic behind making something as fundamental as this a political football. I mean, we are talking about the lives of about 7.3 billion people, including them.
As a Pacific Northwestern American who has written about the environmental movement since Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia hit the NYT Bestseller List, I have watched my own region do what I hope and pray the Climate Accord will do for the world.
Northwesterners have made incredibly lifestyle changes and sacrifices for the predominantly clean environment we have here. We can do nothing about the weather nor the volcanos nor the earthquakes. But there is something profoundly and spiritually satisfying in knowing that we do not cause these things. Rather, we embrace them.
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Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang
Lest we forget. Impossible Dream: A Tribute to 9/11 By Robert Goulet
We were so glad to read this. He has done much for America and we need him now more than ever. Jimmy Carter says he is cancer-free
This is one class act. Canadian Prime Minster Greets First Wave In Airlift Of Refugees Seeking Better Life
Strong Earthquake Off Indonesia’s Ambon Island
Guard, Three Inmates Injured In Hostage Taking At Thunder Bay Jail After ‘Prisoners Took Control’ Of Wing
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
AND THE WEATHER IN ICELAND TODAY IS
This week’s weather forecast for Iceland was quite unpredictable, having gone from -20C/-4F to +3C/37.4F, thanks to Storm Desmond. Hopefully, everyone there stayed safe.
As for Ukraine, the most resonating story was about a paintings scandal with Dutch masterpieces reappearing in the country after being stolen a decade ago
And even though such a plot would be promising for the cinema industry, in real life this upsetting situation definitely did not favor our international image. And we really are sorry when such things happen.
That’s it for this week, my cousin. Stay warm, Mish.
This well may be this man’s finest hour to date. VIDEO: Obama: ‘We can’t turn against each other’
I will never in my life be able to spell the name of this city but I do like its style. Albuquerque, Revising Approach Toward the Homeless, Offers Them Jobs
Hooray for these folks. How Google And Other Big Corporations Are Going 100% Renewable
This should not be happening. Canadian Islamic Organization In Ontario Closes Doors Amid Fears Of ‘Backlash’
Doesn’t this man ever know when to stop talking? Donald Trump Calls For Barring Muslims From Entering U.S.
I would be willing to shake hands with Satan to make sure whoever did this gets to where they deserve to be going. Famous lion found poisoned
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This is totally awesome and not what the name suggests. Germany to Implement ‘Bird Train’
I love how this keeps coming back to haunt me. Baidu Driverless Car Completes Test
This is inspiring. An Exiled Nation Turned Private Eden
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.
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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
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other, “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something.”
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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 agree with this. The Realities Of The Portuguese Man-O’-War Are Fascinating
This is impressive. How Insects Build Skyscrapers
I found this incredibly ironic considering the economic dislocation protecting this bird caused the American Northwest well over a quarter century ago. Spotted Owls Still Losing Ground In Northwest Forests
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