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December 27, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 16 430th Consecutive
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been fashionable probably since Guttenberg for journalists to summarize the year passing and make predictions for the year ahead.
We usually don’t do the first because once an edition is put to bed, we stop thinking about the news of that week and focus on the next. We generally refrain from forecasting because we are not very good at it. Our crystal ball was built in 1912 and has lost some of its reliability. The poor thing tends to occasionally veer off into other dimensions. While that admittedly can be interesting, it is hardly appropriate for a news and commentary magazine. Here are some examples.
Northstar’s Crystal Ball, whose name really is ~ by the way ~ Crystal Ball and yep, she’s related to that famous redhead, predicts that Russia will find involvement in Syria another Afghanistan/Vietnam, go to extreme measures that will not be well received by the Muslim world and will end up making a strategic withdrawal that will not only insure ISIL’s continued influence in the region but will also cause Russia supreme loss of face.
Donald Trump will go in for a routine physical and doctors will discover two small feet growing from the roof and floor of his mouth. It will be determined that these have nerves leading directly to the centers of the brain which control conscious thought, judgment and speech. In a dramatic 12-hour operation performed by a South African surgeon who perfected the technique on warthogs, these feet will be removed. Trump will make a full recovery and become one of the most hilarious television talk show hosts in the history of the civilized world.
Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States and its first woman chief executive. She will appoint her husband ambassador to the United Nations and an aging but still healthy Jimmy Carter as ambassador at large. Contrary to some dire predictions, this will not be the damnation and ruin of the country.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang Oh, we’re getting set to move so this will be an abbreviated edition. Should be back to you by mid-January. So Happy New Year.
Here’s a question certainly worth asking. Is this weird plant the future of food?
This is a major breakthrough. US rocket in historic upright landing
And this is certainly good to hear. After Victory in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi Quietly Shapes a Transition
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
GOOD EXAMPLES & BAD EXAMPLES
This man really does not know when to give it a break, does he? Trump mocks Clinton toilet break
I am struggling mightily to find some rationale for this. ‘Daddy, what is going on? My throat is sore!’ Quebec cop pepper sprays father driving his kids to school
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
This is cool. Watch live as astronauts perform an emergency spacewalk
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
SARA’S FULBRIGHT YEAR: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
Monday, December 21, 2015
I will begin this post with the heads-up that it has A LOT of pictures! Schools here typically take tons of pictures, which they use when they submit lesson plans to the government and on their websites. Enjoy!
English Camp: We are now finished with English Camp for this semester. Schools here continue school through the end of January, when there is a 3-week long winter vacation before second semester starts at the beginning of February. These pictures are from the last two schools we went to, where the students were particularly sweet, engaged, and eager to learn. I have absolutely loved traveling and working with a new group of students almost every week. I will miss camp over the next two months but I am happy to have many varied experiences under my belt now that I can share here.
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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 stunning. The Great British wildlife year
Darwin would have loved this. The ‘Peculiar’ History Behind Science’s Race To Bring Extinct Tortoises Back To Life
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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