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January 3, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 17 431th Consecutive
FROM SYDNEY TO SEATTLE,WITH SOME STOPS ALONG THE WAY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I hope all of you had a good holiday season and an appropriate transition to 2016. I pray, as well, that this calendar infant has thus far been kind to you and yours.
I spent New Years Eve ~ as I traditionally do ~ alone but not unplugged. You folks, the individuals with whom I communicate on the Net, are very real people to me, as they are to God and the rest of humanity. So from Sydney, Australia to Seattle, America, with some stops along the way, I watched and I listened and I reflected.
While I totally enjoyed the beauty of the major celebrations, I also watched people in some of the most chaotic and pestilential places on the planet grab what little they had for existence, praise their god for that and celebrate the new year with hope and faith in their “fellow man” that under most circumstances was pathetically unjustified.
I have said this before and it was validated for me again.
There is not one human being alive today who needs lessons in compassion, mercy, tolerance and understanding. But there is a teeming planet full of us who need to give one another the chance to be all of those things.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang Welcome again to 2016.
I am having a little trouble with perspective on this one. If one does not engage in “at risk behavior,” does one need to give this an apocalyptic spin? Gonorrhea May Soon Be Untreatable, Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Warns
I am sorry to read about this and our condolences go out to his family. N Korea Top Official Dies In Car Crash
Which American state was best for making a living in 2015 and which was the worst? The answers just might surprise you.
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
Refugee Family Finds Hope, Health And Home In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hello Rusty and Happy New Year 2016:
I really liked this article by BBC “New Year: Celebrations Mark Start Of 2016” . I was amazing how New Year welcoming starts in the East and gradually comes to the West hour by hour, country by country.
For me receiving congratulations and wishing happy New Year started from a call from Australia where New 2016 came 9 hours before ours in Ukraine. A call from the future in a way. It was nice to hear that they are lucky to have summerly 29 C /84 F compared to Ukrainian -1C/30.2 F. What was more unexpected weatherwise is before having almost the same 21C/84F degrees for New York and Sydney, Australia a week ago on Christmas Eve.
As I am writing to you it must be a dawn of new day where you live. Hoping it will be cheerful especially knowing about your moving to a new place. Wishing you a good luck!
This week that was an interesting experience for me in the child center. They needed someone to conduct role of Father Christmas and somehow by circumstances the choice was me. Having a nice suit, beard and pillow to look more respectable I tried to merge with my role but what was the most astonishing is the children actual belief in Father Christmas, the awe in their eyes and this joy of receiving gifts.
Of course everyone of them said they behaved good this year and promised to be obedient next year too 🙂 That’s maybe naive believe in miracle is very touching So let’s believe in magic with this little cartoon.
Also I was impressed and would like to share with The Elders post. ” Chair of The Elders and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan talks about a life lesson he learned at school and never forgot.”
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
Olya Bereza, European Associate Editor
EXAMPLES GOOD & BAD
This Will Never Disappear From The Canadian Legacy But God And Queen Willing, Healing Will Happen. The Painful Journey To The Heart Of Residential School History
And A Rousing Round Of Applause For These Folks. Costa Rica’s Green Energy Feat Shows Hope For The Planet
As Enigmatic And Controversial As He Has Been, I Like, Admire And Respect This Man. My Father Served His Father When Edmund G. Brown Sr. Was Governor. The California Ranch That Takes Jerry Brown Off The Grid
This Is A Little Scary. U.S. Doesn’t Know How Many Foreign Visitors Overstay Visas
Here Is Irony At Its Richest. China’s Homeless Find Shelter Under McDonald’s Golden Arches
I’m Sorry But I Do Not Predict Good Things To Come Of This. Armed Texans Celebrate State’s New Open-Carry Status
This person is headed for sainthood. F.D.A. Regulator, Widowed by Cancer, Helps Speed Drug Approval
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
It seems this question is asked each time technology makes an evolutionary leap. The answer remains consistent. We adapt to the technology we create. Will augmented reality change your job?
Moon In 2016 ~ Pretty much everything you want to know about the moon in 2016 – including phases, cycles, eclipses and supermoons – from world-renowned astronomer Fred Espenak. Bookmark this!
Understanding Moon Phases ~ Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night? Remember that the moon is a world in space – with a day side and a night side.
Curiosity’s 10 Best Images Of Mars In 2015 ~ Some truly amazing images
I hope there’s enough room in the sky for what I suspect this will produce. A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota
Here’s an interesting and timely question. Video: Is It Time For More Laws To Govern Space?
I’ve long suspected this. Ancient Irish Genome Reveals A Massive Migration From The East
And I thought skateboards were challenging. Video: Space Firm Creates A ‘Real Hoverboard’
Oh good. Now we have Microsoft watching Big Brother. The question obviously begs, then, eh? “Who is watching Microsoft?” Microsoft To Notify Users Of Government Hackings
This is pretty cool too. Observatory: New Type of Rock Is Discovered on Moon
THE GREEN AGENDA
|Yurok Tribe First To Ban GMOs|
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
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
Shadow and Chance were the two dogs in the Disney Classic: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Their dog’s sudden death was too much to bear — so they cloned him The newborn puppies, Shadow and Chance, are adorable little feats of genetic engineering
These two are going for cutest couple in the universe. Gem 106 – Best Friends
So are these two. A Baby Rhino Playing With A Little Lamb Is Not Just Special
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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