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May 29 2016 No. 452
MEMORIAL DAY NOW BELONGS TO THE WORLD
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We would like to wish all of you a happy Memorial Day. As most of you know, this celebration originated in America after their Civil War. Called Decoration Day, then, it was to honor the fallen winners, those victorious soldiers who had given, to quote President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “their last full measure of devotion.”
War has evolved right along with those to whom it has been an option. So to me, at least, this is no longer a holiday for the victors of one of America’s several wars. I don’t believe it’s any longer the province of any single nation with the possible exception of Switzerland.
It does not even any longer belong exclusively to those who served in the military because wars themselves do not choose sides. There is no collateral damage because war has no conscience, nor the need for one. War serves those who would use war to serve their own ends. It does not select the targets.
My own experience was with the Vietnam War. I believed then and still believe that American involvement was geopolitically appropriate within the context of the Cold War.
That notwithstanding, nobody I served with or have talked to since took any joy in the havoc and hell we helped bring to that nation and others nearby. Especially after the Chinese, the French, the Japanese and the French again, Vietnam did not need white boots marching in a yellow land. What is remarkable to me is that I know so many other veterans from other wars and from other nations who feel exactly as I feel.
I am recalled now of something I learned from a (then) North Vietnamese university student whose father had served with the North Vietnamese Army at about the same time I was over there. I had an opportunity to meet him when he came to visit her in Seattle, where she lived while attending the University of Washington.
He turned out to be a real nice guy, in a quietly strong and dignified way. It was easy to imagine him as a combat major leading by personal example. As we sat down to supper, Lin Vinh raised her glass and said to me in faintly French accented English,
“Let us remember that soldiers do not start wars. They only fight them.”
Memorial Day belongs to all of us now. So we dedicate this edition to all those whose ultimate sacrifices were made in the unshakable belief that eventually, those would not have been made in vain and that it would not be necessary to die to know a land of peace.
We invite you to attend with us the 2004 Memorial Day celebration in Washington, DC., narrated by Gary Senise. It does not come any better than this. You folks have a great week. And thanks again, then, eh, for the ear.
This marks a new low in human behavior and strongly suggests castration in this life to save Satan the expense. ‘Mass Rape’ Video Shocks Brazil
We certainly hope that the First Lady’s speaking at their commencement exercises helps this venerable American education institution find the funding it apparently now desperately needs. Dreams Stall As CUNY, New York City’s Engine Of Mobility, Sputters
Join us, please, in congratulating these folks. Video: The Winning Words
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
Autopsies Of San Bernardino Victims Reveal Details Of Carnage
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WEATHER
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS
TO THE CLASS OF 2016 AND BEYOND
It is the end of May which means the end of school and more inspiring messages for youngsters. Quoting Obama words at Rutgers University: “Ignorance is not a virtue”. I read more graduation speeches in a recent article in the Guardian article featuring J K Rowling, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other prominent personalities sharing their experience.
But while for the University Class Of 2016 graduates the time is now to decide future careers, behind them some ten to fifteen years is a new digital generation preparing for the world they will inherit.
They always delight me, these young people, with their profound knowledge in many areas one would not expect from people so young. How did they become so wise so early in life?
Designed in the mid 1960s by the American government as a secure communications system, academia acquired it by the mid 1980s and a decade later ~ about the time the Class of 2016 was born ~ so was the Internet, in basically the form we know it now.
Since then, it has in grown one-hundred fold. While about 15 years ago it was mainly games youngsters were interested in, now we witness more cognitive aspects of their activities evolving using tech devices.
Curiosity is a very human trait and one necessary for its survival. As Darwin pointed out, survival belongs to the most adaptable. Adaptability is about appropriate choices and appropriate choices are about knowledge.
So of course, children are eager to learn about the entire world around them. Thanks to the exponential growth of the information gathering and storage technology, it has become easier than ever before to satisfy this Darwinian predicate. Here is an example of what happens when you turn a kid with sweet tooth curiosity loose in a candy store of information. How a 15-year-old discovered an ancient Mayan city
I recently watched a funny video which illustrated how thoroughly the Internet has become a part of the entire human experience. It was a one-year-old child trying to press a photograph on a paper magazine cover, assuming it was a big tablet.
Here are some “Tips For Exploring Science With Children” helping parents become part of their child’s digital learning experience. Definitely such cartoons as kikoriki explaining science in a simple way will also help kids on their way to knowledge.
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. Try Northern California’s Mother Lode.
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I think this is fantastic. Galápagos Islands Gain a New Guardian as Ecuador Moves to Protect the Park
We’ve had personal experience with this confederation so while this pleases us, we are not surprised. Where Dentists Are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care
This kind of behavior is one of the reasons I admire this man so much. Jimmy Carter, Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Plans Baptist Conference for Unity
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I mourn for these people but this did not need to happen. Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among three dead on Everest. Two more missing and thirty sick or frostbitten.
There’s a suite in Hell reserved for those who did this to this innocent creature. Bubba, a puppy found high on meth and heroin, goes to rehab in Orange County
I hope he is found innocent of these allegations. Judge Orders Bill Cosby To Stand Trial For Sexual Assault
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
I think the mountain is trying to tell us something. The gruesome reality of Mt Everest
This, I thought, was stunning. I’ve been here. Yellowstone In 1871 And Today
This Is Absolutely Incredible. China’s ‘Air Bus’ Rides Above The Traffic
THE GREEN AGENDA
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
All buried feelings are buried alive.
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BEST OF THE NET
There are two singers who have had a profound impact on my life. Both of them are named Barbara. One of them, of course, is the immortal Ms Streisand. Here is the other.
Some will associate Aaron Copland’s Fanfare For the Common Man with the Olympics. This rendition takes it another direction and powerfully so. This will leave you trembling. Yep, please go here.
This clip is from my all time favorite movie and I love it because it’s true. What Will You Do, Jeff Smith?
NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES
Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display
Comedy ~ jokes, monologues
Editing ~ General and International
“Americanization” of International Websites
Online English Tutoring
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
There are, I have recently learned, actually only 35 kinds (phyla) of animals in the world. But the range they cover? Incredible.
For New York City’s feral felines, Video: It’s a Cat’s Life
No offense to the people who live here but after reading this? I’m glad I live 3,000 continental miles northwest. Man-eating crocodiles captured in Florida
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s May 2016 NestWatch newsletter is now available and this is one of their most interesting yet.
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