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February 13, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 192 437th Consecutive
Rusty Miller – Editor
Olya Bereza – European Editor
A Facebook Post: Sometimes I think it’s best to be alone!
Even Or Perhaps Especially On Valentine’s Day, Sometimes I Think It’s Best To Be Alone
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Tomorrow, Sunday, February 14, much of the world observes a holiday with rather modest Christian beginnings. St. Valentine’s Day has grown down the centuries and now rather than saintly love, it celebrates romantic love all over the planet.
Paradoxically, February 14, with its considerable build up and relatively swift let-down can also be a very rough period for some. It is a tough time not to be with someone, even more difficult if one has lost the “someone” they wish they were with.
There is another kind of loneliness which we tend not to see even when it is dramatically pointed out to us. It is the loneliness of what I call “being special.” It means being “loved” not for whom one is but for what one is.
As I look at especially the Valentine’s Day fashion photography industry, it is very easy to understand this other loneliness and a model’s need to be alone with it. Glamour is transient and often requires ~ even demands ~ cosmetic enhancement and being someone the model is not.
How incredibly lonely it must be to be adored by so many for the wrong reasons. How easy it seems to be for millions of us to forget that these beautiful women and men are also someone’s child, sibling, parent and friend. Photos and posts like this one on Facebook should serve to remind us.
Have a great week, gang.
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INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Thousands Of Lives At Risk Unless Who Reforms Now: Un Report
Video: Taiwan Quake: The Moment A Survivor Was Found
Dozens Injured, Arrested As Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police Over Holiday Food Stalls
Korea Joint Venture Halted After Tests
U.S. Drawing Southeast Asia Closer With California Summit
China’s Exodus Of Capital
Britain Accuses China Of Violating Treaty In Hong Kong Bookseller’s Case
China Injects a Heavy Dose of Ideology Into New Year’s Eve Gala
China Says Its Students, Even Those Abroad, Need More ‘Patriotic Education’
Facebook Loses A Battle In India Over Its Free Basics Program
Video: Exploring India’s ‘Dead’ Car Auctions
India: Deworming Campaign Begins
Top Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Defends Colonialism In India
Rebels In Eastern Congo Kill 6, Kidnap 14 In Village Attack
South Sudan Leader Appears to Take Major Step to End Conflict
Rivals Disrupt Jacob Zuma’s Speech on South African Economy
Nigeria Vexed by Boko Haram’s Use of Women as Suicide Bombers
Young Bombers Kill 58 at Nigerian Camp for Those Fleeing Boko Haram
Security Fears Hang Over African Marathons
Tunisian Town Simmers With Unrest Over Lack of Jobs and Investment
Somalia: Residue From Explosives Found in Jet, Airline Says
Nigeria: Separatist Groups Deny Any Role in Ship’s Hijacking
Jacob Zuma, South African Leader, to Repay Part of Money Spent on His Home
Bomb Suspected in Deadly Explosion on Somali Jet
Somalia: Plane Lands After Explosion
Nigeria: Ship’s Hijackers Make a Threat
World Powers Agree Syria War Pause Plan
The Big Four In Saudi Arabia’s Government
Scanning Borders, Israel Surveys New Reality of Tunnels and Terror
Six Killed in Shooting Rampage in Saudi Arabia
Death Toll From War in Syria Now 470,000, Group Finds
No ‘P’ in Arabic Means No Palestine, Israeli Lawmaker Says
U.S. and Russia Announce Plan for Humanitarian Aid and a Cease-Fire in Syria
As Syria Devolves Further, Allies Criticize American Policy
Ayatollah Khomeini’s Grandson Is Disqualified From Elections
Yemen: Airstrike Kills Family in Capital
Russian Companies Rush to Return to Post-Sanctions Iran
Russia Announces Surprise Military Drills in South
Russia Detains 7 Suspected of Planning Terrorist Attacks
Russia Presents Revised Claim of Arctic Territory to the United Nations
Russia: Putin Opponent Is Attacked After Veiled Threat
Activists Block Russian Trucks In Ukraine’s Zakarpattia Region
Only 6% Of Moscow’s Demolished Properties Illegal – Court
Russian Women — They’re Just Not That Into You
Russia’s Medvedev: Syrian Conflict May Become ‘Permanent War’
Soros: Russian Regime Will Face Bankruptcy In 2017
Russia’s Sochi Resort To Host Kiss Competition At High Altitude
Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Files Lawsuit Against Putin
A Three-Ring Circus In Finland: Soldiers, ‘Loldiers’ And Asylum Seekers
German Trains In Deadly Head-On Crash
Erasing Franco’s Memory One Street At A Time
German Economy Expands By 0.3%
Latvia Has A New Leader, As Fears Of Russia And Migration Rise
Mine Kills Civilians as Fighting Heats Up in Eastern Ukraine
Tempelhof Airport, Once a Lifeline for Berliners, Reprises Role for Refugees
Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, Steps Down
French Watch U.S. Cast of Political Characters With Fascination
Ireland: Nationalist Tie to Hotel Killing
Observatory: Portraits of an Older Michelangelo Indicate He Had Arthritic Hands
Credit Suisse C.E.O. Asks for a Cut in His Bonus
Geneva, a City of Diplomacy, Brims With Totems of Peace and War
Video: Why Pope And Patriarch Meeting Matters
Francis’s Visit To Mexico Comes As Country Struggles With Many Ills
Pope Urges Peace In Mexico’s Poor, Violent Corners
Priest Abuse Victim Is Suspended From Vatican Panel
Church Confronts Abuse Scandal at a Famed German Choir
The Top 10 Wildlife Photography Locations In Britain
The Independent, Once A British News Power, Will End Its Print Edition
Traditionalists Rebuffed as Parliament Turns the Page on Parchment
Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: William Blake’s Grave
Britain’s Global Banking Hub Is Mostly Leery of an E.U. Exit
Palace of Henry VIII Holds First Catholic Service in Nearly 500 Years
British Effort to Identify Potential Radicals Spurs Debate Over Profiling
‘Basil,’ Fugitive in England’s Biggest Heist, May Be Ex-Policeman
Vancouver-Area Home Flipping Leads To Call For Inquiry
Liberals’ Vow To Legalize Pot Creating Chaos, Police Say
National Bank Quickly Takes Writedown On Embattled Maple Bank
B.C. To Investigate Profiteering By Vancouver Realtors
New Security, Humanitarian And Diplomatic Efforts – Canada’s Changing Role In The Fight Against Islamic State
Built Up By Oil Boom, North Dakota Now Has An Emptier Feeling
Draft Registration For Women Would Stir A Sleepy Government Agency
Unsafe Lead Levels In Tap Water Not Limited To Flint
Californians Fight Over Whether Coast Should Be Rugged Or Refined
Supreme Court Deals Blow To Obama’s Efforts To Regulate Coal Emissions
LA To Spend $1.9bn On Homeless Crisis
Migrant Group’s Desperate March Through Mexico
A Reporter Travels Through Venezuela, A Country Teetering On The Brink
Anxiety Rises In Mexico As The Peso Tumbles
Venezuela’s Justices Support More Power For The President
Falling Asleep to Grenades: Mexicans Tell Pope How They Live
U.S. Plans To Resume Commercial Flights To Cuba This Year
Guillain-Barre On Rise In Five Latam Countries, No Proven Link To Zika-Who
Oceana & Polynesia
Australian Skier Chased By Snow Leopard
Australia Reacts to U.N. Decision on Julian Assange
Sydney Hackathon Creates New Apps For Refugees
Vets Give Baby Kangaroos A Fighting Chance After Brutal Bushfire
13 Bloody Beautiful Australian Foods That Americans Need To Eat
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Ice Sheet Releasing Mississippi River’s Worth Of Phosphorus
West Likely To Be Stormier With Climate Change
7 Smarter Ways To Talk About Climate Change
The Rainfall Of 20 El Niños In One Big NOAA Graphic
Climate Impacts Could Last Twice As Long As Human History To Date
What’s Missing At The UN Climate Panel’s Meeting On Climate Change Communication
Early Farmers Changed The Climate (And We’re Still Feeling It Today)
The Solution To Climate Change That Has Nothing To Do With Cars Or Coal
Espionage And Terrorism
Islamic State Wife Charged In U.S. Court For The Kidnapping And Death Of An American Aid Worker
ISIS Widow Charged Over US Hostage Death
United Arab Emirates To Bolster Its Efforts Against ISIS, U.S. Says
Defense Secretary Says Anti-ISIS Coalition Has Agreed To ‘Step Up’
Terrorism Suspects Are Posing as Refugees, Germany Says
U.S. Issues Sanctions Against Three ISIS Leaders
Dozens Dead As Two Migrant Boats Sink
France To Dismantle Part Of Migrant Camp Near Calais
Ai Weiwei Art Project In Berlin Features Refugee Life Vests
Merkel Urges Patience On Refugees Ahead Of Crucial State Elections
Obama To Request $1.8-Billion (₤1.25 Bn) To Fight Zika.
Brazilians Have To Learn To Think Like A Mosquito
‘Strongest Evidence’ Of Zika Effect
Video: Can Fish Help Stop Spread Of Zika Virus?
NIH Officials Accelerate Timeline For Human Trials Of Zika Vaccine, Saying They Will Now Begin In The Summer
Who Issues New Travel Guidance For Pregnant Women, Others Headed To Zika-Affected Countries
Zika Virus Test Is ‘Weeks, Not Years’ Away, W.H.O. Says
Prepare For ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes, Experts Warn
A LEAF IN HER HAND
The origin of controversy lies deep in history and mentality of West and East and parts of the Roman Empire that were separated for nearly 400 years. Modern Catholicism, laws and western way of life was born in Rome and remained in that tradition.
The Orthodox Church, on the other hand, was established in Byzantine Empire or so called Eastern Roman Empire, with its capital in Constantinople. Here, the doctrine was mostly affected by the Greek ancestry of these lands.
In Kiev, Christianity came from the Byzantine Empire in 988. And after fall of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, this part of the land remained the heiress of the Orthodox Church.
I did not tell you this before but my second life began on Easter 2011 when Orthodox and Catholic celebrations coincided and for me it is very symbolic. I still remember a magic feeling of having a green leaf in my hand after weeks in hospital.
Love does not have boundaries. And His religion is love
That’s it for this week. Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.
Olya Bereza, European Editor
Good for you guys! And good for Syria, especially. U.S. And Russia Announce Plan For Humanitarian Aid And A Cease-Fire In Syria
I suspect they are not the only Faith doing this but I still think it’s cool. What These Christians Are Giving Up For Lent: Fossil Fuels
Thank you, Mr. President. With 3 California Sites, Obama Nearly Doubles Public Land He’s Protected
More Good Examples
Four Charts That Show How Public Land Is Good For Rural Areas
The Pew Charitable Trusts Column: Protecting Sharks
A Kentucky Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women Grow Food—And Confidence
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I’m really not sure whether this is a bad or good example. I probably won’t know until after I stop laughing and that’s probably not going to be for awhile. Spaniard Pulls Six-Year Sickie
Finally I’m getting a little agreement on this. Car As ‘Driver’—What Could Go Wrong?
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
Scientists are studying remote and climate-extreme places on earth similar to those on Mars to see if life can survive. Check this one out here
Here’s a chance for five minutes of fame. The BBC is sponsoring a photo contest entitled Show Us What You Love About Our Planet
What Would Happen If Gravity Stopped?
The Tesla Of Go-Karts
How To Survive A State Of Surveillance
Very Psychedelic Animation Aims To Show How The Sun’s Magnetic Activity Works
THE GREEN AGENDA
The Supreme Court Could Block Obama’s Climate Plans, But It Can’t Stop Clean Energy
Despite Cheap Oil, Portland Wind Company Surpasses Sales Record
Got Polluted Air? A Good Biking Network Can Help
CA Solar Industry Job Growth Reaches Record Levels
When Will Our Meat-Filled Diets Go Post-Animal?
Overly Critical Parenting Linked With Persistent ADHD In Kids
Secret Languages Of The Underworld
Video: Cartoon Smartphone Lessons For Parents
The Truth About Sex Robots
How Far Can We Get Without Flying?
BEST OF THE NET
Strange Monsters That Prowled Australia
Stunning Time-Lapse Video Captures How An Astronaut Sees Lightning
Just Opened, Pompeii: A Roman City ~ Stunning Ancient Artifacts Are On Show At The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts Until September.
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
This reminds me of an old Grade B science fiction movie. Except it’s true. The Great Toad War
Maybe they don’t like all their relatives being used for soup. Record Number Of Shark Attacks On Humans In 2015
I wonder how much he enjoyed this. Turtle Gets Flight In A Private Jet »
Pronghorn Antelope Reintroduced In North Central Washington
Watch: Sharks Found Inside An Active Volcano…Alive
How To Live In Boiling Water
Folks We Follow
FeederWatch is a joint project of Bird Studies Canada and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Their newsletter discusses a world-wide bird census taking that ends February 15, a little late to actually participate THIS year. But it’s important enough to share with you so you can plan to join in when it comes around in 2017. So for more information not only about the Great Backyard Bird Count but the organizations sponsoring it as well, please go here.
The Cornell eLab February 2016 newsletter is now online and as usual, it is full of great information and interactives for the casual and ardent birdwatcher alike. Please go here.
The Cornell eLab’s Nestwatch Report is now available online. Please go here.
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Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org
Mother Nature Network
National Wildlife Federation
No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News
The Rainforest Site
SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea
Showcase Magazine: Today’s Media For Artful Living
The Sun Magazine
Wildlife Conservation Society
Wildlife Extra Magazine
World Wildlife Fund
Writing For Peace
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
Video: Frozen ‘Car Park’ Unexpectedly Melts
Newly Discovered Tarantula Species Named After Johnny Cash »
Watch: Lightning Bolt Strikes Water Just Yards Away From Men
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