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April 24, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 22 447th Consecutive
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I’d like once again to wish our Jewish readers Good Pesach. Amy Goldstein’s Thoughts of the Week pretty well sums it up from a woman’s perspective we can all appreciate. So there is that to look forward to further on down.
I love this move to higher ground that I made back in January. I’ve been here three months now and it’s like the Oregon Cascades in the 21st Century. Twelve miles from the big city where I lived the previous 25 years or so.
As an adult, I have made homes in communities the length of the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Surrey, British Columbia. While each has certainly had its own personality, the greater Puget Sound aka shores of the Salish Sea is remarkable to me in several regards.
Since it is in the shadow of a northern rain forest, it has eight micro-climates within an area roughly the size of the three smallest American states combined. Seattle itself is in the middle of two mountain ranges and looks west across a bay and a sound to a long peninsula with the Olympics and east to the Cascades, which extend south to Oregon, where I lived in them.
So being back in the foothills of these particular peaks again and out of the urban density that even Seattle ~ as green growth conscious as it is ~ has become, I’m noticing nuances here in East Renton Highlands, elev. 525 ft/160 m.
We have an online community association ~ Nextdoor Neighbors ~ out here and people are friendly on streets, the supermarkets and in parks and preserved wetlands they share with an assortment of wildlife typical of our region. Right in our backyard, we have a mountain and a county wildlife park named after a puma, just to give you an idea of the consciousness involved.
I notice it when I go out for my pipe and coffee in the wee hours of the morning and sit in a rocking chair on the roofed front porch, gazing out across the lawn at snowshoes hares cavorting under street lamps and in the front yards of their human neighbors. I also notice it when I read on the Nextdoor Maplewood Heights bulletin board that a couple of blocks over, a resident and his wife spotted three coyotes out for an evening stroll on the street where they live.
In lots of places I’ve been, that would have been real cause for alarm and animal control issues that would not have worked out very well for the other species involved. Not here and by a lot of standards, considering the density involved, this is perhaps most remarkable at all.
Where we live is also the home of black bear (smaller than the infamous grizzly), the cougar and the bobcat, the white tailed deer, the mule deer and a wide variety of flora and fauna in our skyways and byways, including eagles, snowshoe hair and gray squirrels. Most of the interaction with our non-human neighbors seldom makes the news.
Orcas get better press because most people around here don’t wake up to first coffee looking out the kitchen window at a killer whale pod watering at the goldfish pond and then taking back off over an eight-foot wood post and plank fence, like our raccoons tend to do on occasion.
When I see human beings living in such relative harmony with species which were, in fact, here first, I realize that some of us have ~ perhaps ~ evolved beyond the xenophobia ~ this obsessive fear of things different than ourselves that has made us the most destructive killers primordial soup ever spawned ~ into creatures who realize the filial ties which bind all life on this planet. It’s a nice thought, a real nice thought. I hope it’s also true.
Have a good week, all, and thanks for the ear.
This is certainly not good news. U.S. Suicide Rate Surges To A 30-Year High
This person is in a class all by himself. A Compassionate Judge Sentences A Veteran To 24 Hours In Jail, Then Joins Him Behind Bars
This is getting more interesting all the time. Panama Papers Player Mossack Fonseca Blitzed By Raids In Panama
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OCEANA & POLYNESIA
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CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
LITTLE QUEEN HARMONY
Thank you for sharing our lead a few hours earlier. I totally agree that we all need to find harmony with nature, being just a part of it no matter how high we think of ourselves as an apex of creation. This just means more responsibility to take if we claim to be gifted with consciousness.
Earth Day this Friday inspired me to start writing a story for children called “Little Queen Harmony.” It is about a girl from Green Planet, whose world is a mix of scientific magic that is living in a balance with nature. She meets a boy from Blue Earth.
“Spring came earlier than usual in Green Land this year. It flashed the sun, which melted the snow. Whilst admiring nature as it started to bloom the birds twittered. The joy reigned in the air as the winter with all its blizzards and frost has finally gone. Only warmth’s ahead…” to read more
As for recent articles, I found Guardian’s “Boaty Mcboatface: Tyrants Have Crushed The People’s Will” both quite amusing and a bit disappointing. I do not understand why it is such a big problem to give a name to the Natural Environment Research Council’s new polar-research vessel as the public poll voted. It is quite a cute name (Who said that science should be seriously boring?) and attention drawn to the project was worth it. This article presents the essence of bureaucracy in an ironical way.
Happy Pesach and congratulations to all Orthodox with the beginning of Holy week and Palm Sunday.
That’s it for this week. Stay safe, my cousin Mishka.
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting. Yep, go here.
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Princess Di would be proud of both her sons. I certainly am. I Take Duty Seriously – Prince William
Good for these folks! A Juice Firm That Won’t Squeeze Growers
If you admire what this store did as much as I do, you might show your appreciation by shopping there once in awhile. You can do that online even if there’s not one where you live. Target: Customers Welcome In Fitting Rooms, Bathrooms Corresponding With ‘Gender Identity’
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This is absolutely outrageous. UC Berkeley Student Removed From Southwest Flight After Speaking Arabic On Plane
I’ve been to the Philippines and they deserve better than this chauvinist Donald Trump wannabe. Leading Philippine Presidential Contender: Gang Rape Victim ‘So Beautiful’ He Wishes He Had ‘Been First’ Also please see: Trump ‘Promises To Change Image’
I honestly thought these people had more honor than this. Mitsubishi Says It Manipulated Fuel Economy Tests, Shares Tumble
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is cool. How Robots Make Us More Honest
This is informative and a little scary. What An Asteroid Strike Really Does
I found this strangely unnerving. The Water In Your Glass Might Be Older Than The Sun
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I think we all know the answer to this question. Are Super Smart Octopuses Conscious? Lots Of Non-Humans – Octopuses, Crows, Monkeys, Machines – Are Intelligent. Could Some Also Be Conscious?
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