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February 28, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 194 439th Consecutive
PREACHING A SERMON TO A COUNTRY THAT WROTE THE BOOK
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Since I do not follow politics and since we usually avoid them here in the magazine, when I can feel the earth moving beneath my feet and no books are falling from the shelves, I tend to look beyond the pale for the source of the tremors.
I like China and most of the Chinese people I’ve met, both in Hong Kong and on Taiwan, as well as those among the Asian communities in Southern California, San Francisco, Sacramento and Seattle. I know something of the history of China and I respect both its culture and its traditions.
I also appreciate, applaud and respect China’s expanding role in the international community and I do not feel threatened by that nation’s considerable population, recent history, military or internal affairs.
Communism, like western industrialization, has not been around in China nearly as long as China itself has been around. A cradle of civilization, literally, human-like species lived in China as far back as 2.24 million years ago.
That is a long time to establish ways of doing things whose efficacy is evident in the survival of China itself. Younger civilizations may not like or approve of how China deals with its people or its neighbors. But neither does any culture have either the experience or the personal precedence to “fix” what may, in fact, not even be broken.
We have chosen to welcome China to the global marketplace so in this inter-dependent context, every one of China’s trading partners has not only the right but the obligation to be concerned when that nation’s finances appear to be in trouble.
That notwithstanding, the days of gunboat diplomacy of any kind are over. If China offends us, we find other markets for our exports and other sources for our imports. That seems to me a much better use of time and energy than preaching a sermon to a country that wrote the book.
Have a great week, gang.
This cannot possibly be good news, right? Dear Massachusetts Residents: Venomous Rattlesnakes Coming To An Island Near You
What, according to Skycanner, are the five happiest states in America? The answer just might surprise you.
I found this nothing short of astounding. I thought the twin cities of salt were in Nevada. City of Sodom Discovered
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
After Almost Every Official In This Texas Town Was Arrested Black Water Started Coming Out Of The Pipes
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TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
Texas Hospitals Announce First Quick Test For Zika That Could Help Identify When The Virus Reaches U.S.
Diamonds May Not Actually Be A Girl’s Best Friend But Neither, These Days, Is Chocolate
There are things that really make me worry and if this case is an extreme “Mars recalls chocolate bars in 55 countries after plastic found in product“, the question is, “What else remains unknown about the products affecting the most vulnerable consumers, children?” If it’s not plastic, it seems to be things like the palm and palm kernel oils and other apparently harmful ingredients or additives in chocolate. At some stage, I just refuse to purchase such products at all, being as tired as I am of producers who don’t care much about health of their little customers.
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Yep, find out here. This is a Northstar Journal Five Star Recommendation.
FROM DAVID GRINSBERG
I think this is an outstanding example to follow, don’t you? Ottawa aims to improve no-fly list data to curb mistaken identity cases
This had me on my feet and cheering. The mind-boggling tale of how a mom found the baby stolen from her 18 years earlier
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Let’s hope nobody got sick from these. Mars Recalls Candy In 55 Countries Due To Choking Hazard
It is extremely difficult for me to embrace this brand of “justice”. Egypt Sentences 4-Year-Old To Life In Prison For Four Murders, Eight Attempted Murders And Police Threats
This needs to change and not tomorrow. The Puget Sound Is Full Of Drugs — Including Cocaine, Prozac, Ibuprofen — And The Nasty Chemical Cocktail Is Making Its Way
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
I found this extremely absorbing. Video: Gates Explains ‘Superpower’ To Help Poor
This is amazing. Robot Performs Everyday Tasks
THE GREEN AGENDA
At the request of several of you who live near us, we are reviving Seattle Scenes as a kind of bulletin board for local news and events reflective of the community at large. Rusty
It’s A Puzzle: Seattle Is Ranked The Best For Professional Careers But Worst For Quality Of Life In A Staffing Firm’s Ratings. We Overcome Lack Of Sunshine, Housing Crunch And Terrible Commutes To Rank As The No. 1 City For Professional Workers.
Seattle-area home prices surged, up 10 percent over last year and posting the fourth highest annual gain among 20 metros, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index out today. Check out the new average home price.
Mayor Ed Murray is opening the city’s third homeless encampment near the Othello light-rail station in Rainer Valley — with 22 tents and 12 tiny houses — as soon as next week. Authorized camps in Ballard and Interbay opened in November.
Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg has been named chairman, fully succeeding former CEO Jim McNerney after the two shared oversight of the company for the past 18 months. McNerney’s legacy: profits, but also what workers considered his cold-blooded approach.
Bertha restarts — again. The massive boring machine began digging the Highway 99 tunnel yesterday, six weeks after a sinkhole and tipped barge prompted the state to suspend work. The $1.35 billion project is more than two years behind schedule.
Near Seattle’s notorious Jungle tent encampment, there’s a 100-bed shelter — with empty beds. Columnist Danny Westneat looks at what that says about the city’s response to dealing with The Jungle.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Adults are difficult to repair so treat your children right.
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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. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I totally loved this. How Butterflies Outwit Their Prey
This is certainly good news, especially for the creatures involved. Shark Conservation Success In Fiji
Here’s something I have always wanted to know. How Do Fish Shoot Arrows Of Water?
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