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March 6, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 195 440th Consecutive
WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MYSELF FROM SUPER TUESDAY
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. It has been a rather odd week here in the States, with Super Tuesday and all. I was not pleased with Donald Trump’s landslide and was, for awhile, actually frightened by it, overwhelming as he did even people like Ted Cruz.
It actually occurred to me ~ for the first time in my life ~ that this election could be purchased. Then a good friend reminded me that even in America, they have been and often still are. She said that is really where the expression “you get what you pay for” came from.
She said that while she admired me for being a regional populist and that it was pretty much the same in any region, she also pointed out ~ appropriately ~ that it did not necessarily work well when several regions needed to cooperate for the ultimate common good.
“It’s like in Colorado, Hon. When they sing about a rocky mountain high, they’re still talking about fresh air. From San Francisco to Vancouver, BC, y’all are talking about a brand of marijuana.”
When I allowed that was likely true enough, she smiled.
“Hon, y’all can’t assume that just because you and yours are honest means the rest of the players at the table don’t have a couple three face cards on them somewhere.” The moral of that story, she told me, was, “If you can’t cheat, darlin’, don’t play.”
Our elected officials do the job they’re paid to do and keep their hands in their own pockets. From our Congressional delegation down to the city council level, I have no complaints. Y’all sometimes may not have a flipping clue. But at least you’re not hiding anything.
On that rather ambiguous note, then, good luck on the banks of the Potomac if you live here. The rest of you have a great week, then, eh, gang?
This is reassuring. Closest Comet In 246 Years Approaches
How in the world have they survived without us? Lizard Chilling On Remote Island For A Million Years Just Discovered By Humans
How much warmer was your city in 2015? The answer just might surprise you.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Fellow Lawmaker Three Days Earlier Over The Same Episode, Which Highlighted Egyptian Sensitivity Toward Israel.
Democracy Have Muted Neither The Perception Nor The Reality Of Inequality.
Guards And A Gardener In Aden Evoked Shock.
Oceana & Polynesia
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
Climate Change & Weather
Espionage And Terrorism
DO THEY HAVE KANGAROOS IN SLOVENIA?
This week, I just want to share this picture, which is becoming viral on facebook.com. Despite the obvious mistake, it’s just emphasizing the current state of things.
Isn’t it sad that after the last century and democracy achievements like falling of the Berlin Wall, that now, in the new century, even more walls, fences, borders and blocks reappear geographically and in people’s minds?
And I agree with one of the comments to it that “fences are nothing but sources of new problems.”
The only hope is keeping in mind the spiral nature of development, and that the next spin of it shall bring us back to humanity on the higher level of consciousness.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay warm, my cousin.
MEADE TRAVELS – This Week To Boston
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SARA’S FULBRIGHT YEAR: TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
Monday, February 29, 2016
Winter break from schools here is 3 weeks long, so after not writing for a long time, I have many updates and pictures to share!
East Coast of Taiwan: Hualien and Taidong: I traveled with my Taiwanese friend, Claire, to the east coast of Taiwan for a few days. We were along the coast the whole time and it was beautiful. We went to Taroko National Park, which was absolutely gorgeous. We rented a scooter (yes I was the passenger everywhere we went!) which made everything more convenient and do-able.
With all due respect, this is long overdue. Female Pilot Unit Gains Support in Congress for Right to Arlington Burials
And if they can do it…How A Small Town Won An Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
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How can any man who considers himself such treat a woman like this? The ordeal of ESPN’s Erin Andrews: Target of nude peephole videos and sexist affronts
Sad but true and sorriest of all for me personally, it is happening where I live. Seattle Underbelly Exposed as Homeless Camp Violence Flares
This certainly needs to change. Even On Ebay, Women Earn Less Than Men, Study Shows
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
Welcome home folks. Glad you made it back safely. ISS Crew Members End Year In Space
I’m not exactly sure I agree with this but it is certain an interesting idea. A Plan In Case Robots Take The Jobs: Give Everyone A Paycheck
A CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
THE GREEN AGENDA
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Seattle police officers will soon wear body cameras that could help answer questions such as those swirling around the recent officer-involved shooting of Che Andre Taylor. But many new questions come up, such as: How will footage be shared with the public? What will be kept private? Lawmakers are wrestling with those issues.
The heroin epidemic in our region is getting renewed attention, as King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a task force to find ways to reach addicts, with a goal of providing treatment on demand. “We can make a significant impact on homelessness if we make an impact on addiction,” Murray said.
Think about the outdoors, inside. If you love golf, traveling, biking or adventures, you can skip them all and head indoors — to the CenturyLink Field Event Center for one of the two expos there this weekend.
Or go climbing. Blake Herrington has scaled more than 100 peaks around the world, from Patagonia to all the gorges around Chulilla, Spain. These are his five favorite climbs in Washington and B.C.
It’s curtain time. You can take the kids to see Seattle Children’s Theatre’s “Brooklyn Bridge,” one of those rare children’s shows that doesn’t let adult characters talk down to the kid protagonist. Or, leave them at home while you check out a gender-fluid, immersive production of “Romeo & Juliet,” where the audience is shuffled from set to set.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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BEST OF THE NET
Spooky sea sounds: Oregon scientists stuck a hydrophone in Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the ocean — turns out it’s a noisy place. The eerie cacophony includes whales, passing ships and even an earthquake. Listen to them here.
I came across this almost by accident and have since discovered that it is my favorite western. Made in 1999, it is entitled Purgatory.
These are a never-ending source of inspiration to me. This one is entitled “Encouragement”.
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
Which animal has the most babies? The answer just might surprise you.
What I especially like about this is that this is where two of us on the magazine live. King County, Washington Animal Shelters Find Homes For 90 Percent Of Pets
This is fascinating. Milky White ‘Casper The Friendly Ghost’ Octopus Found Deep Below The Pacific
Nature Conservancy in Washington
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