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January 10, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 187 432nd Consecutive
TOM LEHRER WOULD HAVE ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, this year is starting out interestingly enough. In one of the most moving speeches I have ever heard, America’s president made an eloquent appeal for gun control.
Here in my state, Washington, our governor signed into law our version of such legislation. And in the midst of it all, not to have the spotlight off them for long, North Korea informed the world that it too now has the hydrogen bomb.
If I could address Kim, et al, I’d say something like, “Hey, in the first place, you guys are just a little late on the scene and you’re surrounded by nations with bombs both A & H. So good luck rattling the saber on that one.
“Secondly, in the some 71 years atomic weaponry has been around, it has been used twice and only twice. It also ushered in a new energy age and regardless of what we’ve subsequently learned, it was a good option at the time. Conceivably, as in space travel where an accident would not kill people on Earth, it might still be an appropriate one.
“Third, and perhaps most importantly, like millions of other people, I’ve about had a bellyful of this nonsense in the first place. If you guys or anyone else is foolish enough to push a button, God help you. Your home will not be a fit place to live for many generations.”
And on that optimistic note, gang, take care, stay well and have a great week. Welcome again to 2016.
This is good news. Sigh. North Korea Says It Has Detonated Its First Hydrogen Bomb
Now here’s an interesting question. Who is smart enough to decide how to improve the human species?
I actually don’t believe this for a second. I think this jackass is ramping it up for the attention. Gunman Said He Shot Philadelphia Officer for ISIS, Police Say
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
A ZIMBABWE KIND OF CHRISTMAS IN ORTHODOX UKRAINE
I enjoyed a snowy Christmas, making it fairytale like. This week it was interesting to get acquainted with a girl from Zimbabwe, who said that when she first came here, she was very surprised by the Orthodox celebration of it on January 7th. But then appreciated double festive. But since ~ apart her tribal language ~ her native language is English, so they follow traditions of Western world. So now she appreciates having two Christmases to celebrate. She is studying medicine in Sumy town of Ukraine, and it’s a nice opportunity to get acquainted with another culture also.
Although -18 C/-4 F was not even close to +30 C/86 F in her homeland, but she had six previous years of studying here to get used to different climate. Somehow our talk came about my first major in psychology and I told her about my experience in social care service for alone elderly people. For me it was nice to hear that in her country they don’t have alone old people as always they are cared for by someone in the tribe.
I still remember an old lady from my that my first employment who were touched to tears just that someone celebrated her with holidays, saying that no one did it for her for years… sometimes kindness is cost almost nothing but means a lot. So hospitality of Zimbabwe people to each other really deserves appreciation.
From the news of this week that one took attention “Greece debt crisis: Scuffles at pension reforms protest” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35266799 Hoping it won’t be the most vulnerable to pay the price
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
Olya Bereza, European Associate Editor
EXAMPLES GOOD & BAD
I always liked Sweden and here’s another reason why. Where New Dads Are Encouraged To Take Months Off Work
I watched this and was profoundly moved. Obama Pleads for Stricter Gun Laws and Faces Tough Questioning
Way to go, Jay! On Heels of Obama, Washington Governor Takes Gun-Control Action
This needs to improve, quickly. Zoning Restrictions Make Segregation Worse
Good for you guys. I’ve been a life-long fan. Campbell Soup Will Label G.M.O. Ingredients
What bothers me about this was that it was on his brain in the first place. Gov. Paul Lepage Of Maine Says Racial Comment Was A ‘Slip-Up’
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
This is fascinating. The ways Sherlock teaches us to think
So is this. Fascinating, I mean. ‘Their lives are dependent on water’
I wish they built one of these in my size. The Little Car You Can Drive Without A License
Video: Drone Hides Its Blades In A Cage And this disguise worked, did it?
The Universe can be so crude sometimes. Handing the Universe a napkin. Black Hole Caught ‘Burping’ Gas
In our eternal search for an end to existential loneliness. Looking For Alien Civilizations? Check These Star Clusters, Scientists Say.
See also Kepler is back! 100 new planets
This is awesome. I watched it then dreamed about it. Week’s Best Space Pictures: Erupting Superstar Gets Siblings
THE GREEN AGENDA
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
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
Here’s a profound “awww” moment for you guys. The first time baby meerkats go outside
This is fun. The insect that jumps on water
I am very glad we do not have these where I live…as far as I know. When hippos turn violent
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