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May 15, 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISRAEL AND OUR PRAYERS FOR FORT MCMURRAY
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish Israel a late happy birthday. She turned 68 this past Thursday, May 12, 2016. ישראל עלולה שוב יודעת שלום ועשוי ששלום יימשך לעד. May Israel again know peace and may that peace last forever.
We want again to express our concern and our prayers for those impacted by the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Fires in Alberta, Canada. Despite efforts and prayers to the contrary, this has become an ecological disaster of major proportions at a time when the national economy can least afford it.
To suggest that this might be a major victory for the environmental movement is also to suggest that they are worth the price. It will no longer be worth the price when the end user stops paying for it at the pump. Until then, accidents like this will occur and all the weeping for the dead, burned, homeless and spiritually devastated will change nothing. We have alternatives to fossil fuels and if we chose not to use them, we can at least mourn quietly.
A little closer to home and perhaps on a much lighter note, I love shopping but sometimes not the discoveries I make that suggest I should be wearing around my neck a sign reading “Stupid”. I have rather belated just learned that the popular but expensive cereal I have been buying for years does NOT have anything that the generic equivalent does not except twice the price. That’s about $2.00 a week which in my house adds up quickly.
Okay, that’s it for now. You folks have a great week. And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.
This is stunning and in a way, it reminds me that sometimes revolutions are not ignited by those who would save our species from itself. Rather, they begin when one woman stands alone in the street as marching Neo-NAZIs bear down on her, and dares to tell them with silent salute that they have no place in her community. I remember something quite similar to this when a black cleaning lady got on a bus too tired to go to the back of it The Woman Who Defied 300 Neo NAZIs.
This is certainly good news. Nearly 90 Per Cent Of Fort McMurray Still Intact; 2,400 Structures Lost
I somehow knew this was coming. Video: ScienceTake | Meet the Humanoid Mer-Bot ~ A submersible robot in human form, developed at Stanford University, completed its first dive, recovering a 17th-century vase.
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IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
SHARP DECLINE IN TOOTH DECAY AMONG CHILDREN
It was good to learn from our Health section’s article “Under five tooth decay ‘improving’” that the number of five-year-olds with tooth decay has dropped to its lowest level in almost a decade. The latest figures from Public Health England suggest that this is probably because both parents and society are more aware of the impact of sugar on teeth.
Talking about older kids and teens and taking into account how much fizzy drinks they consume, the rhetorical questions now is, “What has happened to drinking fountains at schools?” According to a teacher acquaintance of mine in Great Britain, in some schools, all drinks children can buy are Pepsi, Cola etc. but not water.
Coming back to the above-mentioned article, what also caught my attention is the recommendation to use fluoride toothpaste twice a day. But fluoride is claimed to be quite a toxic substance. For example, look at the warning that the FDA now requires on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. and other impact could be read here:
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.
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I’m definitely doing the Happy Dance around this one. U.S. Denies Permit For Coal Terminal In Washington State
When all else fails, sometimes this is necessary. Faced With A Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience
We believe this is appropriate. Gates Foundation Quietly Dumps All Of Its British Petroleum Stock
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If this is true, Satan’s waiting for this one. U.S. Judge Resigns After Allegations He Exchanged Reduced Sentences For Sexual Favours From Young Men
I will never understand how anyone could do this. Fire That Left 15 Dead At Texas Fertilizer Plant Is Ruled Intentional
This is what we thought. Released Emails Show Use of Unclassified Systems Was Routine — A review of tens of thousands of documents reveals that sending sensitive information on unclassified computer networks was not limited to Hillary Clinton.
This Request For Signatures (RFS) comes from the World Wildlife Foundation and is aimed at reducing the pollution caused by the aviation industry. Act Now To Fight For A Global Cap On International Aviation Emissions.
For those into exotic and/or meaningful holiday experiences, you might want to check out Natural Habitat’s Great China Adventure. You tour with a group which visits panda research centers in that vast country. At some of them, you have hands-on experience with the creatures themselves. We highly recommend this one so for more information, please go here.
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is a discussion worth dropping in on. Scientists Talk Privately About Creating A Synthetic Human Genome
This is not good news. First Report Of All The World’s Plants Finds 1 In 5 Species Facing Extinction
It’s nice they have a plan. I hope it works. Saving Earth From ‘Doomsday’ Asteroids
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At a five-star lodge in Zambia, elephants are taking over. Wildlife cameraman Nathan Pilcher is on a mission to find out how and why. What he discovers may reveal elephants to be far more intelligent than we could’ve imagined
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