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January 24, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 189 434th Consecutive
A DESCENT INTO DANTE’S INFERNO
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, this week, I want to share with you a cautionary tale that could have come right out of Charles Dickens, Somerset Maugham or John Steinbeck. It is meant to prevent what happened to this poor chap from happening to you or anyone you know and love.
The Recession of 2007 cost this man his job and within two years, he was living about as marginally as one can live without actually being homeless. None of the man’s prior life experience, including the military and working in the woods, provided him with the skills necessary to resist the environment. It was, for this essentially kind, decent and gentle man, a descent into Dante’s Inferno.
Before it was over, this man learned firsthand just what desperate people will do to survive. He also became very familiar with just how cruel, savage and bestial people who have lost all hope and self-respect can be to one another.
He learned, as well before it was over, just how ruthless the exploitation of these people can be, and in particular, the elderly and disabled. He discovered that there are landlords who prey upon such individuals in the often-correct assumption that these people are powerless to seek redress on their own behalf.
Perhaps most importantly, he learned that there are people in society who should not be free but have mastered the arts of intimidation, coercion, fraud, prevarication, chicanery and deceit to such an extent that the law cannot touch them because no one is willing to press charges and face the retribution of such an individual and their friends. This can, must ~ and I believe ~ will change.
If this chap could speak to you all directly rather than through a good friend, he would urge you to be careful and to lay by for such contingencies. He would beseech you not to make the fatal mistake of assuming that it either will never happen to you or that you can handle it if it does.
This man ~ this subject of this cautionary tale ~ was fortunate. By the grace of God and good friends he did not know he had, he escaped this downward spiral into unrecoverable poverty. Others have not been so lucky and no more than this chap, did they deserve what happened to them.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless.
P.S. I think this might interest some of you who have been through this. If you decide to do this and want us to publish them as well, send them and we will be honored. Share Your Thoughts on Recent Terrorist Attacks and Memories of Victims
Anyone who takes this as a supplement should watch this special report. Video: Is Fish Oil Helpful Or Harmful?
This is interesting. I did not know planets did this. New Evidence Suggests A Ninth Planet Lurking At The Edge Of The Solar System See also Q&A: The ‘Pluto Killer’ Who Thinks He’s Found The True Ninth Planet
This is good news. American Centenarians Proliferate, And Live Longer
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Oceana & Polynesia
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
ECO CARS GAINING IN POPULARITY
It was good to know that Renault has decided to recall 15,000 new cars to check and, if necessary, modify their emission control systems to meet EU emissions standards.
Here is another reminder of one of the greatest benefits of electric transportation. It is a wonderful video entitled Enjoy the Silence
The promise of electric cars is slowly being realized in Ukraine. So far, three major cities have charging stations and while that may not be many now, the fact that these vehicles only cost about two cents per kilometer to operate should enhance their popularity, especially in cities where other costs such as parking and garaging cannot be mitigated.
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
Olya Bereza, European Associate Editor
EXAMPLES GOOD AND BAD
Good for these guys. Hong Kong Steps Up For Elephants
I hope this is true. Michigan Governor Says Race Had No Role In Flint Water Response
And it is not exactly like they have all the room in the world either. Asylum Seekers In Japan Reach Record 7,586 In 2015; 27 Accepted
This was obviously not the best idea in the world. Thousands Protest Against Poland’s New Surveillance Law
Way to go, Ms Hutchinson. Tasmanian conservationist in running for Australia’s most prestigious award
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
I am not sure I really want to know the answer to THIS question. How Many Types Of Bugs Live In Your House Right This Minute? Science Weighs In.
I’m sure this is not going to be received as universally good news either. The Future’s Robot ~ Humans Warned To Prepare For Robots Taking 5.1 Million Of Our Jobs
This is fascinating. What Will Power Tomorrow’s Spacecraft?
THE GREEN AGENDA
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Zika’s Alarming Spread: CDC Investigates Link To Paralyzing Condition, Adds Countries To Travel Warning See also CDC: ‘Dozen Or So’ Cases Of Zika Virus Among U.S. Residents
WINTER HEALTH SPECIAL ~ With Special Thanks to the New York Times
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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BEST OF THE NET
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.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We need to do something about this, I think. Preventing Extinction For The Finless Porpoise
I’ll bet this is reassuring to those they catch. Venus Flytraps Can ‘Count’ To Five
They do some really interesting things in Australia, I am learning. Sniffer Dogs Helping Fight To Save Endangered Mountain Pygmy Possums From Feral Cats
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